Pundit 'amazed' by Kretinksy's 'dream' reveal at West Ham
West Ham have succeeded where Arsenal failed by establishing themselves near the top of the Premier League on a modest budget, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted David Moyes has built a side capable of giving England’s elite “a run for their money”.
West Ham announced (10 November) Czech investment group 1890s Holdings has acquired 27 per cent of the club’s shares.
The group is fronted by businessman Daniel Kretinsky, who has agreed an option for a full takeover with current owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
Writing in the Evening Standard last Thursday (25 November), the new shareholder detailed how his investment “doesn’t mean big spending in January.”
When asked if his thoughts on Kretinsky’s plan for West Ham, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “That’s what it’s all about, it’s really refreshing to hear.
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“Arsenal have had that kind of philosophy for years – but it was ultimately their downfall. They weren’t out there spending money like Man City, Chelsea, or Man United – but it was never going to take them to the top of the Premier League.
“West Ham, frankly, have exceeded all expectations in the past two seasons. To go from battling relegation, to being in Europe and only just missing out on the Champions League – it’s amazing.
“They’ve built a side which can really give those top clubs a run for their money. They are really competing at the top, and that is really a testament to the job everyone at the club as done.
“It’s what every chairman and manager wants, and what every fan dreams of.”
West Ham sit fourth in the Premier League.
They are level on points with Arsenal.