Claret&Hugh: “Sullivan rarely gets the credit he deserves but he should for sticking with Moyes”

Sullivan has received much criticism down the years from a section of fans

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan at the Arsenal v West Ham United EPL match, at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK on 11th December, 2021.

It’s beginning to look as though David Sullivan and the Hammers board were right and many – including me – were wrong. Despite incredible pressure and at the time seemingly justified, Sullivan decided to stick by David Moyes as results went from bad to worse.

Sullivan has received much criticism down the years from a section of fans desperate to get on his case the moment things go wrong. But in deciding to stay with the Scot, he has seen his faith justified to an extraordinary extent in the manner of recent performances which have been magnificent.

David Sullivan has rarely received the credit he deserves and much of that goes back to the move from Upton Park but few are now moaning about the London Stadium. And of course he and the late David Gold were mocked when talking about bringing European football to the club or indeed spending plenty in the transfer market. They did both.

Now the David Moyes decision has proved them correct again and there really is very little – if anything – to moan about. It needs to be kept in mind too that the Moyes decision and flirting with relegation again came against the background of David Gold’s death followed by that of his daughter Jacqueline.

These were incredibly sad and tough times for the family and club given that Sullivan and the late DG had been in partnership for over 40 years one way or another. Sullivan came under intense pressure from some areas to sack but always claimed there was nobody else out there capable of doing a better job.

That of course still can’t be proven but as things stand as I write, things look far better than previously and most would sway towards the view that the correct decision has been made. Many congratulations to the under 18s on their fabulous FA Youth Cup victory over Arsenal which has left the future looking golden rather than bright with David Sullivan declaring: ‘I hope they all make a living from the game and that some of them become regular first teamers here.

‘The board loves the academy as much as the players. It was a great achievement and well done to them all and coach Kevin Keen.”

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