By Pranav Shahaney

11th Nov, 2021 | 6:40am

David Gold and family believe it is time to step back from West Ham

David Gold and his family believe that the time has arrived for him to take a step back from West Ham given his age, according to The Athletic’s Matt Slater.

He claims that they may retain few shares in the club, but his position could be shrinking after Daniel Kretinsky completed his investment into the club.

While Gold is 85, David Sullivan is 72 and his kids enjoy being involved in football, so nothing is expected to change in terms of that.

Slater wrote, ” No. Not in the short or medium term, anyway. But I believe that it spells the beginning of the end of their period of control, particularly for Gold.

“He’s 85 and he and his family believe it’s time to step back. They may want to retain a few shares for old time’s sake but I can see his position shrinking.”

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GSB have been responsible for some of the lowest of lows in West Ham’s history and to see one of them stepping back is a good thing.

Kretinsky, who is someone younger and actually cares about the football club and the development, is viewed as the better person to take this club forward.

While Sullivan is still going to be around, we’re confident that as the Czech billionaire’s stake grows, so will his influence on how things are run at the club.

This could lead to clashes between the two in the future, but healthy conversations are part and parcel of the success of any football club and it would be interesting to see how things pan out with the two.

These are exciting times for Hammers fans, not just about what’s going on off the pitch, but also on it.

Few would’ve thought that after finishing sixth last season that they would once again emerge as realistic contenders for a top-four finish.

Credit to David Moyes for getting them to this position and we cannot wait to see how the short-term future looks for this club.

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