Kieran Maguire tips Kretinsky to 'push the boat out' after major West Ham development
Daniel Kretinsky should prioritise the development of the training facilities at West Ham ahead of spending frivolously on new signings.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the new West Ham co-owners’ ambitions.
The Guardian reported today (26 November) that Companies House filings reveal the Czech billionaire has agreed an option to buy the club outright.
Kretinsky purchased 27 per cent of the club earlier this month and a full takeover is expected some time after 2023.
As quoted by the Evening Standard on 20 November, manager David Moyes said he would like to see investment in “new things at the training ground.”
Maguire claims that increased expenditure at Rush Green could be the “equivalent of signing a player.”
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“It is very much somewhere where he could really push the boat out,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“What you have got to do if you’re a club with the size and ambition of West Ham is constantly be looking for marginal gains.
“This is certainly an area the club can address and, in my opinion, should address.
“The capital expenditure has always been modest, mainly because they haven’t had to pay to maintain the stadium.
“West Ham have spent a fair amount of money on players in recent years, and the money wasn’t being spent well.
“If you spend more money on the training facilities, you can get an extra five per cent out of your existing squad. That is the equivalent of signing a player.”
West Ham are flying under Moyes’ stewardship and are currently 4th in the league standings after 12 games.
Kretinsky told the Evening Standard on 25 November that he does not plan to invest heavily in transfers in the January window.