Sunday, 14 September 2008


In 2006 a consortium led by Kia Joorabchian sought to take over West Ham.

Joorabchian was quoted as saying the following:

"I believe in the very near future West Ham can become bigger than Chelsea and maybe within seven years even challenge Manchester United....there is massive potential at West Ham. Why? Because the club has such passionate supporters and a fantastic history. As far as I am concerned they have got a much bigger worldwide fanbase than Chelsea."

"That goes back to part of the history of the club - having three World Cup winners in Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters."

"And what is so impressive is when they have hit bad times the passion and loyalty of the fans has seen them stick by the club."

"Passion is a vital word in the success of a football club. Sometimes when I look at Chelsea despite their recent success I think it's all a bit cold. They talk more about the brand than the football club".