West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has described Tottenham Hotspur’s owner Joe Lewis’ visibility at the club as ‘distant’ in comparison to that of the Hammers owners.
While West Ham’s David Sullivan and David Gold are in attendance at the vast majority of their matches, Joe Lewis is based in the Bahamas and has rarely been seen attending Tottenham matches since he took over the club in 2001.
Lewis, through his investment firm Tavistock controls ENIC International Ltd with Daniel Levy, which owns Spurs.
Levy has developed a strong reputation as a shrewd negotiator and for holding tight purse strings at Tottenham, but was described by Brady in what could be seen as a belittling manner as ‘junior partner’.
While Tottenham have gone on to consistently establish themselves a top four side in recent years and are in the final stages of building their impressive new stadium which is owned by the club, West Ham continues to be a laughing stock on the field and rent a stadium which is not suitable for football.
She said in a column on The Sun: “The seriously rich Brit owners can be just as distant.
“Billionaire Joe Louis takes an academic view of Spurs’ actual playing performances — although the stewardship by junior partner Daniel Levy is positively microscopic — while Mike Ashley, soon probably to depart Newcastle, has given up trying to understand what his supporters want.
“Which brings me to my own joint-chairmen at West Ham, David Sullivan and David Gold.
“They are old school. David Sullivan had a pacemaker fitted and was at the club two days later. He’s a supporter first and a chairman second.”
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