By Wayne Veysey

2nd Mar, 2020 | 7:00am

Exclusive: West Ham senior figure set to quit this week

West Ham communications chief Simon Kutner is expected to leave the club this week, Football Insider can reveal.

In a growing sign of the off-pitch troubles at the Premier League club, the man hired to oversee the club’s brand is heading out after less than 18 months in the post.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Kutner is in line to depart within days, and at a time when the club’s relegation battle is being played out to a backdrop of increasingly toxic relations between the board and supporters.

Around 7,000 supporters protested against the increasingly unpopular trio of owners David Sullivan and David Gold, and vice-chairman Karren Brady, ahead of Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League win against Southampton.

That brought David Moyes’ side such much-needed breathing space in their bid for Premier League survival.

But a vast section of the club’s fanbase have pinned the blame on Sullivan, Gold and Brady for what they feel are broken promises and how the move to the London Stadium from the hallowed Upton Park has badly backfired.

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Kutner joined West Ham in October 2018 from Standard Chartered Bank with the remit of handling corporate communications including corporate social responsibility and community communications.

He has reported to Tara Warren, the longstanding director of marketing and communications who sits on the West Ham board.

The Hammers climbed out of the relegation zone with Saturday’s home triumph, but are still only level on points with 18th-placed Bournemouth.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED one of the club’s young loanees has left Football Insider pundit purring – “Wow, he’s unplayable at times”.