By Alex McLeish

6th Nov, 2021 | 5:59pm

Ex-manager thrilled by 'billionaire' new West Ham development

Alex McLeish has insisted West Ham would be “smart” to welcome Daniel Kretinsky’s investment and expertise.

The former Birmingham City manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, hailed the influence of the Hammers’ Czech stars and suggested the Irons could stand to profit further with connections to the country.

As reported by the Telegraph (31st October), Kretinsky has proposed a partnership between West Ham and Sparta Prague should he be successful in acquiring a 27 per cent stake of the Irons.

The Czech billionaire has been co-owner and president of Sparta since 2004.

West Ham signed Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal from Sparta’s city rivals Slavia Prague last year.

They also brought fellow Czech international Alex Kral in on loan this summer.

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McLeish suggested strengthening the connection to the Czech Republic would be a “good move by David Sullivan”.

“We talk about recruitment and we’ve spoken about the two Czech guys being recruited last year,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“They’ve done really well to elevate them a wee bit. Now their recruitment is Czech billionaires. It’s a good move by Dave Sullivan. It’s a smart move.

“The Czech Republic have had a bit of a renaissance recently. We saw them play against Scotland, who themselves have had a renaissance.

“There’s a lot of players playing at the top level. It all bodes well for West Ham.”

The Hammers currently sit fourth in the Premier League after a bright start to the season.

They are also on course to top their Europa League group.

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