By Kieran Maguire

1st Nov, 2021 | 1:45pm

Kieran Maguire: 'My understanding is' Gold and Sullivan could stay at West Ham after takeover twist

David Gold and David Sullivan may want a seat on the West Ham board even after Daniel Kretinsky’s expected takeover.

That is the view of finance expert Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the transition of power at the London Stadium.

The Times reported on 29 October that Kretinsky is in advanced talks to buy a 27 per cent stake in the club for £150million.

It is understood that the billionaire dubbed the ‘Czech Sphinx’ wants to attain majority shareholder status further down the line.

That juncture is likely to be reached after 2023 when a profit retention clause in the leasing agreement for the London Stadium expires.

Manager David Moyes has now claimed it “sounds as if something is happening”, as quoted by The Athletic on 29 October.

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Maguire predicts that Gold and Sullivan’s affection for the club might lead to them wanting to retain a degree of control.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “You can see the benefits in respect of David Gold and David Sullivan.

“They both have huge affection for the club. From a nostalgia point of view, they might want to keep some ownership.

“I think they’d like to continue to be a presence in the West Ham boardroom.

“I anticipate that the club will be issuing some more shares and Gold and Sullivan will transfer some of their shares.

“My understanding is the club will get a financial injection as well. If you’re putting in that amount of money, you’ll want a seat at the table.

“But I think it’s a case of being heard rather than being a dictator.”

In other news, pundit tips West Ham to accept bid for Declan Rice after confirmed news.