The Letter from our Chairman – David Sullivan

Dear xxxx

I am writing this on Wednesday morning. I had no sleep last night, having watched the shambolic performance by the team against Wolves.

I was as angry and upset as every supporter in the stadium at the disorganised way we played, allowing Wolves too much space so that they looked more like Manchester United. This was the culmination of five defeats in a row, including an appalling performance against Bolton.

We have a few very talented players in our team, but it is a very unbalanced squad. Individually we have some very good players, but this is not being converted into a good team performance. Nobody at the club should delude themselves that we are a good team. The table at this stage of the season does not lie.

However, with some of the outstanding players we have, we can and must do better as a team. I apologise to every supporter for the pathetic showing on Tuesday night but I fully expect a dramatic improvement today as we have so much individual talent.

I accept that the club is in deep relegation trouble. However, we are a long way from being relegated. With your help we can get out of this and regroup in the summer.

This is a difficult time. It has been a week to regret but Saturday’s result can change that. We need a win, we need you to support us, to forgive us the result against Wolves and to remember what this great club is about.

The history and tradition of West Ham United, the heritage and the prestige demands we are a Barclays Premier League club. But we have no right to that. We have to earn it. The Academy of Football? Now we have to show that. The manager knows, I know, the players know.

When I first started supporting West Ham, we had a tradition for playing the game ‘the right way’. I will settle for any way right now, as long as it is the winning way!

We all have our favourite players, our heroes. Older fans can remember players like Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters – the cornerstone of England’s 1966 World Cup win. I know rival teams mock us West Ham fans for saying that, but one was the captain, another scored a hat-trick, the other scored the fourth. That sounds like a claret and blue contribution to me.

Younger supporters will probably look to strikers such as Frank McAvennie and Tony Cottee as well as Paolo Di Canio. They all brought something special to the club.

Then there was Sir Trevor Brooking, Billy Bonds, Alan Taylor, Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson, Phil Parkes, Alvin Martin and Ray Stewart. We didn’t win much but there was always a quality and a style. Another hero to watch: a midfield playmaker, a little wizard on the wing, a goalscorer.

Now we need this team to show their quality.

Now we need this team to show us their talent, their desire, their passion, their dare.

Now we need new heroes.

Saturday may be tense, on Saturday you will feel anxious and, at times, unsettled. I ask that we try not to transmit that on to the field, that we get behind the team and provide them with a platform. The rest is up to them.

It’s hard being an owner. I’m finding it’s harder being an owner who is a supporter. I hope for happier times soon.

Thank you for sharing the same vision and dreams.

Come on West Ham.

David  Sullivan Signature

David Sullivan
Joint Chairman

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One thought on “The Letter from our Chairman – David Sullivan

  1. dear mr sullivan thank u 4 your support of whufc. i have no way of direct communication with u so i might have a chance of u reading this. i am a whu supporter since i can remember, i was born in priory court and used to watch westham from the roof of that building.my first live game i watched is when my neighbour hilda lampard took me the grandmother of chelseas frank lampard, and ever since westham has been in my blood. ive been watching them ever since. ive been a season ticket holder since we got in the premier league as tickets where hard to come by and i have spent many of thousands of pounds following our team.also i have brought my children up as whu supporters and r and have been season ticket holders.y i have put all this in this email is to show u what westham means to me.AS YOU R DEDICATED TO WHU AND HAVE FEELINGS FOR THE FANS here is why im typing this.the last few years i have been getting my season tickets through zebra finance and have been a good payer.but last month i couldnt honour my direct debit and so i got a £25 charge on top which i honour to pay. when i spoke to zebra finance i asked them if i could pay at a later date which they agreed. when they phoned me on the date they wanted to charge me £50 on top which i disagreed, so they suspended my season ticketdate 25.3.10.at 3.40pm then i got a call from their manager at about 6ish in the evening we agreed on the £25 fee and i paid it in full and was told my season ticket would b ok 4 the stoke game. when i turned up 4 the game i was denied entry as my ticket was blocked and told to go to the ticket office as their was a big queue and kick off was gone i went home.i phoned zebra finance on mon 29.3.10 to complain about the ticket being blocked and wanted my money returned for that game,but to no avail and they said its down to whufc .i phoned whu which was a pay line and got a good response and friendly advice and they told me i did have an option on the day which was to line up at the ticket officewhich i thought was fair comment,but as my ticket was blocked i put it down to zebra finance, so thats y i never lined up . whu looked into my complaint and told me they recieved an email at 3.40pm on the 25.3.10 from zebra finance to block my ticket and the only other email they recived from them to unblock it was on the 29.3.10 at 10.40 to unblock my ticket.As i had got my account up to date before the match and assured my ticket was unblocked i should have seen the game. but that never happened. all i want at the end of the day is a bit of common sense and an agreement of at least half of my money back but this is too much for zebra finance to do . could you look into this matter as they could do this to every supporter whether whu or another club supporter.

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