Gold and Sullivan tipped to quit West Ham after confirmed news - pundit
Danny Mills has tipped Daniel Kretinsky to eventually acquire a majority stake in West Ham from David Gold and David Sullivan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender insisted West Ham are “going places” and Kretinsky will want to splash the cash.
The club confirmed (November 10) the Czech billionaire, via his investment group 1890s holdings a.s, has gained a 27 per cent stake in the club.
It means Sullivan’s stake has gone from 51.5 per cent to 38.8 per cent while Gold’s has reduced from 35.1 per cent to 25.1 per cent.
The Guardian reported (November 10) the deal is worth between £180million-£220million and it will not automatically lead to Kretinsky buying out Sullivan and Gold.
But Mills, who is well connected at West Ham and is close to senior figures, has suggested it may be inevitable that Kertinsky acquires a majority stake.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It looks like a long-term play where it will get to that point where he’s going to take ownership of the football club.
“This is a man with experience with Sparta Prague. This is a man who knows football already, runs a football club.
“He’s now got a stake in a club that’s clearly going places and he’s got a lot of money to spend.
“I know, at some point, Gold and Sullivan will want to cash in. There’s no harm in that.
“There’s a long-term strategy from everybody to get it right.”
Kretinsky has been the chairman of Sparta Prague for 15 years.
The 46-year-old holds a 40 per cent stake in the club who currently sit third in the Czech First League.