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#1 Mr Plug

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 16:26

The BBC have just reported an offer from Tony Fernandes to buy West Ham Football Club. That figures: second division football club, second division F1 team, second division sports car....just leaves room for an offer to buy Little Chef!

Edited by Mr Plug, 01 June 2011 - 16:26.


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#2 trogggy

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 16:29

Is that you Dany?

#3 Clatter

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 16:30

The BBC have just reported an offer from Tony Fernandes to buy West Ham Football Club. That figures: second division football club, second division F1 team, second division sports car....just leaves room for an offer to buy Little Chef!


Not sure what to think. As a hammers fan I've suffered the last few seasons and I'm not convinced by the latest man installed as manager, let alone yet another change to board.

#4 King Six

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 16:31

The BBC have just reported an offer from Tony Fernandes to buy West Ham Football Club. That figures: second division football club, second division F1 team, second division sports car....just leaves room for an offer to buy Little Chef!

Well he bought a second division airline, now look at it.

#5 DS27

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 16:37

Not sure what to think. As a hammers fan I've suffered the last few seasons and I'm not convinced by the latest man installed as manager, let alone yet another change to board.


I know what you mean, its been a difficult few years. I was hoping for a different manager but its still an improvement on this year I believe.

Regarding the buy out - well it can't make things much worse I guess. Will be hard to bounce straight back up; just look how last years relegated clubs fared this season :cry:

#6 Pingu Pi

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 16:39

Nice attempt at a dig, but I've personally been very impressed with Team Lotus, they are significantly ahead of the other 2 newcomers and already not far off the back of the mid-fielders. Really anticipating what they can do next year.

#7 D.M.N.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 16:40

David Gold (West Ham chairman) was interviewed on Sky Sports News earlier about 4:30pm and said that was the first he had heard about a takeover from Fernandes. Ironically though, the interview was conducted from Caterham. :lol:

Edit:

tonyfernandes
For all you west ham fans an offer has gone to the present owners of west ham. Let's see if they accept.
2 hours ago

http://tmi.me/aWR2B

Won't be any more statements on west ham. Keeping fans informed. Now we have to just respect the process. If something happens it happens. If it goes quiet it goes quiet

Edited by D.M.N., 01 June 2011 - 16:42.


#8 Disgrace

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 16:42

Anything to get Gold and Sullivan out.

#9 SimMaker

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 17:02

Football.

W'sat? Sounds painful.

#10 DS27

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 17:03

Anything to get Gold and Sullivan out.


I won't miss Karen Brady either - still, I'm sure she's more worried about her appearances on The Apprentice than West Hams plight.

#11 DS27

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 17:04

Football.

W'sat? Sounds painful.


Yes, it is if you support West Ham, that's the problem  ;)

#12 mechadaniel

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 17:04

Hmm, will season ticket holders get Factory tours?

:)

#13 highdownforce

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 17:27

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#14 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 17:31

I imagine they WONT be changing colours...

#15 highdownforce

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 17:51

I imagine they WONT be changing colours...

joke... :rolleyes:

#16 ensign14

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 18:45

Anything to get Gold and Sullivan out.

Not their fault you're in the same financial state as Eritrea.

#17 SRi130Brett

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 18:48

hmmm. Hope he renames them '1Malaysia Football Team'

Edited by SRi130Brett, 01 June 2011 - 18:48.


#18 Risil

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 18:49

Not their fault you're in the same financial state as Eritrea.


Indeed. Although you wonder whether with the proceeds of the Upton Park sale and a deal in place to move into the Olympic Stadium and presumably retain the ticket sales (West Ham regularly get near-full attendances at 35,000 capacity), the Hammers might be sitting on a goldmine. Eventually. But the short-term picture for West Ham is one of financial horror. Familiar Tony Fernandes territory, perhaps.

Edited by Risil, 01 June 2011 - 18:50.


#19 Gyan

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 18:53

Not sure what to think. As a hammers fan I've suffered the last few seasons and I'm not convinced by the latest man installed as manager, let alone yet another change to board.


Allardyce will get us promoted but then the fans will drive him out of the club once we re-establish ourselves in the top flight. I'm not convinced if Fernandes has the money to run the club either, keeping in mind the debt we have.

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#20 Clatter

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 19:49

Allardyce will get us promoted but then the fans will drive him out of the club once we re-establish ourselves in the top flight. I'm not convinced if Fernandes has the money to run the club either, keeping in mind the debt we have.


I hope your right, but I'm not confident. Still I reckon he is a small step up from Grant. As far as the fans go if he is successful then we will love him otherwise......

#21 skinnyman

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 19:55

Is that you Dany?

:lol:

#22 ensign14

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 20:10

Indeed. Although you wonder whether with the proceeds of the Upton Park sale and a deal in place to move into the Olympic Stadium and presumably retain the ticket sales (West Ham regularly get near-full attendances at 35,000 capacity), the Hammers might be sitting on a goldmine.

Well, that would be Gold and Sullivan sitting on a goldmine...why do you think they bought West Ham? Just after Blues applied, and failed to get planning permission, for a 55,000 seater with supercasino?

#23 oetzi

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 21:32

Ignore

Edited by oetzi, 01 June 2011 - 21:32.


#24 Risil

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 21:32

Well, that would be Gold and Sullivan sitting on a goldmine...why do you think they bought West Ham? Just after Blues applied, and failed to get planning permission, for a 55,000 seater with supercasino?


Businessmen! Running football clubs! Tears before bedtime.

The only way I could see Gold and Sullivan selling is if they don't have the means to keep the club a going concern until the Olympic stadium/Upton Park sale money starts rolling in. There've been grave warnings about West Ham getting relegated, post-Iceland. And presumably the continuing appeals from Spurs over the stadium aren't making the process any more certain.

#25 oetzi

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 21:34

Businessmen! Running football clubs! Tears before bedtime.

The only way I could see Gold and Sullivan selling is if they don't have the means to keep the club a going concern until the Olympic stadium/Upton Park sale money starts rolling in. There've been grave warnings about West Ham getting relegated, post-Iceland. And presumably the continuing appeals from Spurs over the stadium aren't making the process any more certain.


Not suggestin an East London club could be run as a long firm. Surely?

#26 FlatOverCrest

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 21:55

The BBC have just reported an offer from Tony Fernandes to buy West Ham Football Club. That figures: second division football club, second division F1 team, second division sports car....just leaves room for an offer to buy Little Chef!


:eek: Did he take a dump in your cornflakes or something? Either you have a personal axe to grind wth the guy, or the above is a 'second division' thread for this forum!

#27 Totza

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 22:07

I hope your right, but I'm not confident. Still I reckon he is a small step up from Grant. As far as the fans go if he is successful then we will love him otherwise......

Anyone is a HUGE step up from Grant, how the hell did he get the job in the first place? 2 teams relegated in 2 consecutive seasons lmao

#28 Clatter

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 22:25

Anyone is a HUGE step up from Grant, how the hell did he get the job in the first place? 2 teams relegated in 2 consecutive seasons lmao


No idea. I havent understood our manager choices for ages now. The few times we have someone who is doing well the board force them out.

It always amazes me that managers who have failed multiple times still get new jobs. Is the choice really that limited.

#29 oetzi

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 22:37

It always amazes me that managers who have failed multiple times still get new jobs. Is the choice really that limited.


Compare it to F1 - do you want a maybe-great, or someone with a bit of experience? And then apply that to a team principal, the closest role to manager.

I think one Italian club had a horse appointed to the staff in the last few years. A real one, not on a badge.

Looked at that way, football clubs are certainly no less adventurous than F1 teams.



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Posted 02 June 2011 - 01:45

This would be great news if it happened. Gold & Sullivan are some smug ****s that need to get out of West Ham as soon as. Fernandes would bring sponsorship and stability I reckon to the team & if they get promoted back to the Premier League and they move into the Olympic Stadium then it could be very good for the club & Tony. Allardyce is a decent manager so I hope he gets it right the first time because 2 seasons in the Championship would be hard to stomach. COME ON YOU IRONS.

#31 ensign14

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 04:36

The only way I could see Gold and Sullivan selling is if they don't have the means to keep the club a going concern until the Olympic stadium/Upton Park sale money starts rolling in. There've been grave warnings about West Ham getting relegated, post-Iceland. And presumably the continuing appeals from Spurs over the stadium aren't making the process any more certain.

The Spurs appeal is hopeless. But if Fernandes is interested - and that's a big "if" - it shows how valuable West Ham are, potentially, because of the Olympic stadium.

#32 Clatter

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 10:39

The Spurs appeal is hopeless. But if Fernandes is interested - and that's a big "if" - it shows how valuable West Ham are, potentially, because of the Olympic stadium.


I'm surprised that Spurs were even in the running. It's not that their bid was a bad one, but from the very start it was always said that whoever took over the stadium had to retain certain aspects, IE the running track. This was a promise made as part of the bid for the Olympics. I'd say Orient have a far better case as they may not be able to compete for fans.

The re-development of the old ground will be worth a fortune. Wonder if it will be done along the same lines as the old Arsenal stadium.

#33 Lamag

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 13:04

Is that you Dany?


+1,000,000

#34 Gyan

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 10:17

I hope your right, but I'm not confident. Still I reckon he is a small step up from Grant. As far as the fans go if he is successful then we will love him otherwise......


Allardyce can grind out results. The key point is that he has a whole 3 months to mould his squad especially since we need a clearout and rebuild job in any case.

As for Fernandes, would he have enough money to run an F1 team and a football club. At the moment West Ham aren't the most lucrative of sides.

Edited by Gyan, 03 June 2011 - 10:18.


#35 Garagiste

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 14:22

As they're the team that claims the most support for those born within the sound of the Bow Bells, I've always found it hilarious that their nickname is The Irons.When they were sponsored by Pony it really put the icing on the cake.
Regarding the OP, I guess that makes Bernie and Flav second division too...

#36 GreyArrow

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 14:28

The re-development of the old ground will be worth a fortune. Wonder if it will be done along the same lines as the old Arsenal stadium.

With respect to the respective clubs, neither White Hart Lane or Upton Park are anywhere near the achitectural splender of Highbury. And I doubt there's quite the demand for very expensive flats in Tottenham (drive though it almost daily - it's a sh1thole) or West Ham that there is in the Highbury area, so even if they did do it I doubt they would get anywhere near the returns.






#37 Garagiste

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 15:49

... And I doubt there's quite the demand for very expensive flats in Tottenham (drive though it almost daily - it's a sh1thole) or West Ham that there is in the Highbury area, so even if they did do it I doubt they would get anywhere near the returns.


Slap bang between the square mile and Canary wharf, are you kidding? check out the old match factory:
http://www.thebowqua.../bowquarter.htm

#38 redbroccoli

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 18:53

Well he bought a second division airline, now look at it.

Air Asia is still a second division airline. No where near to compete with big boys like Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or Emirates Airlines.

#39 Clatter

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 20:34

With respect to the respective clubs, neither White Hart Lane or Upton Park are anywhere near the achitectural splender of Highbury. And I doubt there's quite the demand for very expensive flats in Tottenham (drive though it almost daily - it's a sh1thole) or West Ham that there is in the Highbury area, so even if they did do it I doubt they would get anywhere near the returns.


You might be right about Tottenham, but your dead wrong about West Ham.

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 20:36

Air Asia is still a second division airline. No where near to compete with big boys like Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific or Emirates Airlines.

but they are not competing with them guys. they are like easy jet of asia and from my understanding they are good at what they do.

#41 Clatter

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 20:37

Slap bang between the square mile and Canary wharf, are you kidding? check out the old match factory:
http://www.thebowqua.../bowquarter.htm


Was in there about a week ago. Crap area, but fantastic complex.

#42 oetzi

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 21:52

Slap bang between the square mile and Canary wharf, are you kidding? check out the old match factory


They move to Wapping?


#43 Garagiste

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 22:31

No, but the proximity to both means that even the ropiest ex council flats around Bow go for crazy money.
Bonuses are back, the demand for high end flats is there in the area "for sure".

#44 oetzi

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 22:39

It. is. For sure.

The Olympics feelgood and the new Westfield at Stratford won't hurt either.

They deserve a bit of luck after Avram.


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Posted 04 June 2011 - 03:41

Air Asia makes its money from quantity not quality so to speak

100 million passangers at 5 bucks each profit rather than 10 million at 50 bucks each.

Its enough money for him to run a f1 team, airline, buy a car maker, and now a soccer team.

Business must be ok.

#46 chrcol

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 13:39

check the profits for last year, he will be a billionaire within 5-10 years assuming hes taking 100% of the profits.

#47 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 13:45

Imagine he'll have loans and investors to repay.