By Kealan Hughes

21st May, 2021 | 3:00pm

West Ham Women Expert shocked by Jack Sullivan exit

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Jack Sullivan is to step down as Managing Director of West Ham Women next month in a move that has shocked our expert Michelle Irons.

It promises to be a summer of change with a number of players leaving, and Aiden Boxall could take over from Sullivan.

West Ham announced the news on Thursday, bringing an end to Sullivan’s four-year spell, which saw the Hammers inducted into the restructured Women’s Super League.

The team also reached the FA Cup final in 2019 and played their first match at the London Stadium in September 2020.

Commenting on his exit, Sullivan said, “I leave with some fantastic memories, with my head held high, and confident that a platform is now in place for West Ham United to progress further in the women’s game.”

Sullivan was just 18 when he took over the role but he has made a lasting impact, and his departure has sparked confusion.

“This is a bit of a shock for me, to be honest. I had heard of a few players leaving but nothing on Jack so I’m very puzzled,” Michelle Irons told West Ham Zone.

“Jack has always tried to do the right thing for the team and I for one will be sad to see him go. He was always at the games I’ve attended, home and away.

“Fans are not happy now that Aiden Boxall will now have full charge as he is not liked, unfortunately.

“We need some kind of explanation in the next few days but I really couldn’t say which direction we’re headed now.”

It will be interesting to see if an external candidate does come in to replace Sullivan, particularly as Boxall is seemingly unpopular amongst the fanbase.

The Irons have been on an upward trajectory under Sullivan and it is vital that progress does not stagnate moving forward.

He has left behind a good legacy and the team is in a much position now than it has even been in history, so credit to Sullivan for that.

The team needs investment on and off the pitch and we will be waiting eagerly for any updates in the coming days and weeks.

In other West Ham Women news, our expert has urged Harder to sign a new striker in the summer.

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