Do you remember names like Noble, Collison and Diamanti? Well, Green, Carlton Cole and Parker then?
It's easy these days to forget that West Ham is (foremost) a football club, isn't it?
Well, I can do with a point against Villa, the Q is, can we and the players concentrate enough if we do not have a new owner by then?
Well, now I guess who the winner will be in this "auction". And yes I can only guess as I have no inside information at all. But my guess is that it's going to be Tony Fernandes and I do also think that we have the brightest perspectives with him and the money he hopefully can reach.
So why Tony? As I write this he is on his way to London again. (Right now over Luxemburg as we can see on his twitter, it may tell us something ;-D). That means that he is not out of contest. And that he has the money asked (or close to). Either he has already managed to convince the Banks, or he will go there do convince them even further. As it seems he has a long-term prospect that these who wants their debts back like. And they do have a lot to say in this issue.
Gold & Sullivan seems by many sites be out, mainly as the Banks never has liked the way of shared ownership. It is a hazard for the Banks actually. After some drastic statements in the media (about West Ham, not their stated corruption) , they've been more quiet lately. The porn men has probably to do with Charlton, and I do not mind.
Intermarket group is still a possibility as we do not know much more than Jim Bowe their CEO just passed away. I doubt though, but more with my stomach than real facts. Just reading all the sites (where they say they canät fund the deal) we really should know more by know....
The dark and late horse Cellino won't make it. He may have the money, Italian papers may say that he already has signed, but that can't be true. And as he seems to be the deft type there is still too many questions about him. Is he the Italian Harry (corrupted), is he totally free from every suspect of match-fixing and other stuff within the Italian football system. Where he seems to be involved a lot. Close to the law/legal issues. It may even be so that further investigations are goin on. And if so, I doubt any would give him the handshake and to play with their money.... If not do we have time enough to check out if he is clear? ANd by the way ESPN means that UEFA won't give him right to have one club (Cagliari) in Italy and one in England. I guess you can arrange that, but maybe not in just a couple of days. I count him out right now.
I may be totally wrong here, and may see ghosts where there aren't any. But this will be my last thoughts on this mess. soon I hope to concentrate - with a beer in hand - on football. As most of us I guess!