Frank McAvennie reacts as West Ham appoint Sullivan sons to board
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Frank McAvennie is relaxed over a report from The Times that West Ham have appointed Jack Sullivan as a director at the club.
It was claimed last month (19 November) that the 22-year-old, son of co-owner David Sullivan, has joined his older brother David Jr, on the West Ham board.
The Times report did include the suggestion that if the shares are transferred to the Sullivan brothers it could reduce capital gains tax liability in the future.
Despite concerns that may mean a Sullivan of some description sticking it out at the London Stadium for years to come, despite the recent investment of Daniel Kretinsky, ex-Irons forward McAvennie is adamant there will be no disruption to the future ownership of the club.
“When the new board comes in David [Sullivan] will be out as well, don’t worry about that,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.
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“I’ve not got a problem with who’s on the board, what I have got a problem with is him [David Sullivan] interfering in football matters, and he’s not doing that now.
“Obviously, it’s his money so he’s overseeing it but I think David Moyes has got free reign and I’m delighted Mr Sullivan is doing that because it was well known he was bringing players in. Everyone thinks they’re a top scout.
“He’s stepped back and I’m delighted with that, they’re reaping the benefits. I don’t think the players will take too much notice of what’s happening at boardroom level.
“It’s a family thing, it’s his club he can do what he wants. I wouldn’t think it will reflect on the new board, it won’t have too much to do with that.”
In other West Ham news, UEFA took major financial action over the Irons on Tuesday.