By Sam Stone

23rd Feb, 2023 | 7:10am

West Ham United: Kaveh Solhekol shares what David Sullivan told him to say live on Sky Sports News

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has shared what David Sullivan told him as the West Ham owner delivered a scathing response to the news of a new independent regulator being introduced.

The government announcement has been welcomed by the FA, the Football League and the Football Supporters Association.

However, Sullivan has since delivered a scathing response to the news, which was relayed by Solhekol live on Sky Sports.

“He feels so strongly about this issue that he said to me ‘Go ahead and name me, I want people to know who I am,'” said the West Ham owner (relayed by Solhekol live on Sky Sports, 22 February)

“It’s a terrible idea. The government are terrible at running everything. Look at the mess the country’s in. We pay the highest taxes for the worst service from the worst government I’ve seen in my life

“The regulator will have a huge staff that football will have to pay for. It will be a total waste of money. I bet it grows in size and cost every year. In every area this government is involved in, it has provided a worse service

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“The Premier League is the best-run, most successful league in the world. It gives away more money to lower leagues, grassroots & the PFA than any other league anywhere. It’s a fantastic export. Why does an incompetent government think it will improve things?

“The government are doing this for PR. They think it will be a PR win to be seen to back the ordinary football supporter and smaller clubs, but it won’t get them a single extra vote. I believe in free enterprise, not government interference.”


Wow, this is a scathing response from the West Ham chief. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to see the regulator divide opinions in the football world. EFL clubs would probably be more welcoming of the proposal due to the added strictness on financial fair play, which could potentially even the playing field somewhat.

For a Premier League owner, such as Sullivan, this is potentially not such good news. The regulator news could well have an impact on the future of West Ham under their current ownership. According to KUMB (13 February), Daniel Krentinsky is lining up a bid to buy the London Stadium as a pre-curser to a potential full takeover in April.

The news of a new independent regulator being introduced could see Sullivan fast-track the sale of the club, with the West Ham owner potentially viewing now as the right time to relinquish power with sweeping changes set to take place.