By Noel Whelan

12th Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Gold and Sullivan tipped to accept payoff amid fresh West Ham takeover claim

Noel Whelan has predicted David Sullivan and David Gold could remain at West Ham in some capacity in the event of a successful takeover bid.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the pair’s experience and know-how could prove invaluable to a new consortium.

Speaking on The Athletic Football Podcast (7th October), PAI Capital chief Nasib Piriyev mooted the possibility of Gold and Sullivan remaining on board as life presidents.

Piriyev claimed the consortium, who he says still have an offer on the table for the Irons, would be happy for the current club chiefs to remain on board “for some period”.

However, as quoted by Hammers.news, Sullivan has insisted the board view Piriyev and PAI Capital as an “unsuitable custodian”.

He stated they “have no desire to deal with him.”

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Despite that, Whelan suggested the duo would be happy to sell to another party but remain involved.

Speaking to Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “We know that Gold and Sullivan would be getting some coins from staying on.

“Financially, that’d be better for them. They are able to get rid of the club but they get paid as well for being lifelong presidents. So that works probably better in their favour than it does in the consortium taking over.

“But the consortium would probably be very happy with that because they know the club. They know how to run the club.

“Maybe this is a reassurance for them. A couple of seasons to maintain that momentum that West Ham already have.

“It would not be too many changes at the top. They would be owned by a different consortium but the recognised faces are still there.

They’re doing a very good job right now, you can’t take that away from them.

“That might be a little bit of respite for the consortium if they were to take over. They’ve got two people there that are very experienced in having to run a football club.”

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