Karren Brady responds on Twitter to West Ham controversy
By Alex Taylor
West Ham chief Karren Brady has clarified comments she made in regards to the culture at the club upon her arrival six years ago.
Brady, 47, was quoted by the Independent as saying the club had “no culture” when she joined the Hammers in 2010.
Brady’s comments came at the 2016 Leaders in Football conference held at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium and infuriated supporters of the east London outfit.
“To be 100% clear I did not and have never crisitsed the culture of our supporters,” Brady tweeted. “I said it’s our supporters who make the club not the stadium.”
To be 100% clear i did not & have never crisitsed the culture of our supporters i said its our supporters who make the club NOT the stadium
— Lady Karren Brady (@karren_brady) October 5, 2016
Brady’s comments are now believed to have been in reference to the corporate culture at West Ham, rather than a criticism of supporters.
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The controversy comes in the wake of West Ham’s move from Upton Park to the London Stadium this summer.
The move have be fraught with teething issues after poor stewarding and fans violence has marred the transition.
Fans have criticised the transport links, lack of police protection, rules regarding standing during home matches and the atmosphere compared to their old ground.
On the pitch Slaven Bilic’s side have taken just four points from their opening seven games this term and currently sit 18th in the table.
Bilic’s future in East London remains in doubt, as the Croatian boss also failed to see West Ham progress to the group stages of the Europa League.
Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu profited from the Hammers lapse.