West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan will have been “furious” as the club’s value briefly plunged below £800million in the week.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively amid the European Super League fallout.
The ESL’s 12 clubs have been almost universally vilified for attempting to form the breakaway competition.
West Ham themselves released a statement via their official club website expressing “vehement opposition” to the plot.
Maguire explains that the market value of the football club would have tumbled had the ESL scheme come to fruition.
“If I was David Gold or David Sullivan, I would be furious,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“I think the biggest potential losers are teams like West Ham. Also the likes of Everton, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle, Villa, Wolves etc.
“These are all ambitious clubs who have aspirations of breaking into the elite.
“It has been discussed that West Ham is for sale. According to Karren Brady’s website, they have already turned down £800m for the club.
“This franchise league would have seen a huge negative impact on the price they could get if they did decide to sell the club.”
Attitudes towards the owners at the London Stadium are not generally positive and protests have, until recently, been commonplace.
But there has been an armistice between the two parties this season amid 5th-place West Ham’s expectation-defying form under David Moyes.