David Sullivan has West Ham fans depressed again as new crisis sums up shambles

If David Sullivan is depressed, just imagine how bad West Ham supporters are feeling?

It's safe to assume most of them don't have the privilege of being able to unwind in their Essex mansion on an evening following a tough day at work.

Put their troubles and strifes to one side for a few hours with a swim in the pool (the indoor one might be best now the weather has turned), a frame of snooker perhaps, or even a few games of ten pin bowling?

Nope. Didn't think so.

Sullivan has all these stress-busters and more to lean on when times feel tough, courtesy of the luxurious pile he lives in dubbed 'The House that Porn Built' – and one once described by the man who had it built as being "tiny compared to Buckingham Palace". He seriously said this.

Fair play to him, though. Sullivan might be vertically challenged, but his ability to make cold, hard cash and then boast about it has scaled almost unprecedented heights.

He made his fortune in the adult entertainment industry and remains one of the wealthiest men in the UK, with the last Sunday Times rich list estimating his fortune at £1.15billion.

But it seems all the money in the world will never enable Sullivan to buy the love of his club's supporters, most of whom will already be crying into their jellied eels and mash just two weeks into the new season.

Not crying at their bank statements, but something even more concerning – the state of their favourite football club.

That's right. You've guessed it. The Hammers are in crisis again and those fans who have had the temerity to criticise Sullivan's running of the club alongside co-owner David Gold, have left the former feeling a little bit down in the dumps. Shame on them.

Without a hint of irony or perspective, Sullivan said: "We've got limited funds. We've also got the fact we'll probably get no gate money for the rest of the season and we've got to keep the club afloat and pay wages.

"We've chased dreams the last two years and bought a pile of players who haven't impacted the club. I cannot say for sure we are going to sign anybody and as each day passes I get more depressed. These are difficult times."

Difficult times indeed, David.

Putting aside the fact most lower league clubs face extinction and ruined communities due to the impact of Covid-19, the Hammers have suffered the heartbreak of losing their opening two league games.

To pile on the pain they have signed just one player in the current window and flogged one of their most promising to relegation rivals West Brom in the shape of Grady Diangana, prompting Mark Noble, a thoroughly decent bloke and loyal servant, to tweet that he was "gutted, angry and sad".

Just to put the tin lid on things, manager David Moyes and two players have tested positive for the virus.

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Moyes is now self-isolating and has been overseeing training sessions on Zoom ahead of today's visit of Wolves, which he will manage from home.

A football club is a reflection of its owners – and the Hammers are an utter shambles.

Supporters deserve so much better than this and so does Moyes, who for reasons known only unto himself, chose to return to the Hammers for a second stint in late 2019.

It was the famous American author and screenwriter Mario Puzo who once said: "What is past is past. Never go back. Not for excuses, not for justification, not for happiness."

Instead of listening to Sullivan and accepting the poisoned chalice once more, Moyes should have listened to Puzo, because his words are now ringing true like never before.

But if Moyes deserves sympathy, Sullivan certainly doesn't.

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THE world of cricket has lost a true giant following the sudden and shocking death of Australian great Dean Jones at the age of just 59.

Jones, who had been in Mumbai commentating on the Indian Premier League, suffered a major heart attack in his hotel room. Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee had attempted to revive him.

Jones, who is survived by his wife Jane and two daughters, played 52 Tests and scored 3631 runs, including 11 centuries.

Some will argue he will be best remembered for his one-day international exploits, where he scored 6063 runs, including seven centuries and 46 fifties, in 164 matches.

From a personal point of view, however, I will best recall Jones for when he stunned the sport by agreeing to sign for Nostell Cricket Club, those giants of the Pontefract & District Cricket League.

This was back in 1988 when Jones just happened to be the Aussie's No.3 batsmen and rated No.1 in the ODI rankings.

Jones could have picked any county he wanted, but chose a village club no one had heard of. Unless you lived in Nostell, of course.

There was no explanation and it just added to the fairytale and romance of it all – until my dad took me as an excited teenager to watch Jones in action.

Having parked the car in a nearby field we strode towards the ground and I politely asked, "dad, will the car be safe there or what?"

"Don't be daft son" he replied, "he's good, but not that good."

Two overs later Jones launched a six back over the helpless bowler's head, not to mention several trees, and straight through our car windscreen. Next time we went to watch Jones, we got a taxi.

GOOD WEEK FOR:

Charlton Athletic – The club's ESI nightmare is finally over, with Thomas Sandgaard being confirmed as the new owner. At last the future looks brighter.

Tadej Pogacar – The Solvenian, 21, has become an instant superstar in his homeland after becoming the second youngest Tour de France champion in history.

Alastair Cook – The former England captain plundered a magnificent century for Essex in the Bob Willis Trophy final to roll back the clock and remind us of his class.

BAD WEEK FOR:

Danny Lee – The Kiwi golfer has been keeping a low profile after his meltdown at the US Open that saw him miss five putts in quick succession and then withdraw with a wrist injury after throwing his club down in frustration.

Harry Newman – The talented Leeds Rhinos centre is facing six months on the sidelines after suffering a double leg break in his side's game with Hull KR.

Wilfred Ndidi – The Leicester midfielder will have surgery on his groin this weekend and is expected to be out of action for up to 12 weeks.

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