There’s no sentiment for David

DAVID GOLD insists there will be no room for sentiment when West Ham lock horns with Birmingham City at Upton Park tomorrow night (Wednesday). The new West Ham co-owner departed St Andrews in November after 17 years at the helm and the nature of his exit

DAVID GOLD insists there will be no room for sentiment when West Ham lock horns with Birmingham City at Upton Park tomorrow night (Wednesday).

The new West Ham co-owner departed St Andrews in November after 17 years at the helm and the nature of his exit left him with a bitter taste in the mouth.

Gold came in for criticism from new Blues owner Carson Yeung, who decided not to retain the 73-year-old as chairman at the club.

"I was at Birmingham City for years, but I really want to give them a good whacking," said the Upton Park supremo.


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"I have great fondness for them, but it was sad the way it ended.

"They reneged on the decision to keep me on the board - that will always rankle.

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"After 17 years at Birmingham, I think we know how to run a football club, I am certainly a lot wiser than when I first started.

"All I need now is for the team to start winning, and tonight (Wednesday) will do for starters."

The Hammers will be looking to their key players for inspiration this evening and Gold believes the decision to keep their prized assets, despite their financial mess, was the best bit of business the club did during the January transfer window.

"Any three of five players came within a hair's width of leaving to bring some money into the club, but we were able to prevent it," he said.

"That was a vital piece of business, more important perhaps than bringing new players in and I think the fans appreciated what we did judging by the response we've had from them.

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