David Sullivan would not be interested in becoming a minority shareholder at West Ham United, according to journalist Paul Brown.
Sullivan currently has a majority stake in the east London club, controlling 51.5 per cent of the Hammers’ assets.
What’s the latest news behind the scenes at West Ham?
Sullivan and David Gold became West Ham’s new co-owners when they completed their takeover in January 2010.
But it appears their reign could be coming to an eventual end as Daniel Kretinsky is expected to purchase a 27 per cent stake in West Ham before potentially taking over from Sullivan as the majority shareholder in the future.
The Czech, who boasts a net worth of an estimated £2.9billion, also has stakes in the Royal Mail and Sainsbury’s.
Kretinsky’s interest comes at a time when West Ham are on a high, having finished last season with a club record Premier League points tally which has allowed them to compete in European football this term.
They have taken to the Europa League like a duck to water and have already booked their place in the knockout stages having only competed in four of their six group stage fixtures so far.
What has Paul Brown said about Sullivan?
Brown believes Sullivan will still be in control at the London Stadium for some time despite Kretinsky’s expected injection of cash.
However, he doubts whether Sullivan will be willing to eventually take a backseat role.
Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “There’s an argument to say would he accept being a minority shareholder?
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“I have my doubts about that from what I hear behind the scenes at West Ham.
“I think Sullivan, at least, will be around for quite a lot longer.”
How has Sullivan and Gold’s reign gone?
Large sections of the fanbase have been campaigning for Sullivan, Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady to leave West Ham for some time and it hit the headlines when supporters invaded the pitch during a 3-0 defeat to Burnley in 2018.
During Sullivan and Gold’s time at the helm, the Hammers have also relocated from their much-loved Boleyn Ground home to the London Stadium, which did not go down well with a large number of fans.
The Hammers have suffered a relegation and promotion since the duo took control of the east London club.
Six permanent managers have also been dismissed since 2010, including the likes of Slaven Bilic, Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes before his return.