By Pranav Shahaney

6th Dec, 2022 | 8:10am

West Ham United change on cards in next 12 months as Daniel Kretinksy keen on David Sullivan and David Gold talks

West Ham shareholder Daniel Kretinksy is reportedly seeking talks with David Sullivan and David Gold over a significant change.

According to Claret and Hugh [5 December], Kretinsky is keen on seeking a controlling interest of the club along with being the chief shareholder in the next 12 months.

The Czech billionaire needs another 24 per cent stake in order to gain his initial target which is one per cent less than Gold’s – whose will is that some of it go to the family.

Sullivan, on the other hand, who holds 38 per cent, is not understood to be keen on selling, but it remains to be seen what happens once talks are underway as expected.

Interesting times

Most fans are sick of Sullivan and Gold and want them out of the club as soon as possible.

Kretinsky’s arrival was celebrated even though he was a relative unknown and did not take over the entire club initially.

They were impressed with his plans of developing the club, taking control of the stadium and developing the entire premises into a world class sports facility as he does plan to eventually do a full takeover.

He even planned big money on big signings and while there has been a significant rise in transfer activity, one cannot fully attribute it to the Czech billionaire.

That said, of the three, he’s certainly the most popular and he does have recency bias on his side as Gold and Sullivan have overstayed their welcome and West Ham fans appear to be sick of them by now.

It’s interesting to see how and when talks transpire and if Kretinsky does manage to get Sullivan to sell at least some part of his shares in order to get to that magic 51 number.