The last seven days have been rather eventful for televisions Karen Brady. First off, allegations were made that West Ham vice-chairman Brady had text senior players at West Ham, suggesting they should revolt against manager Avram Grant. The club quickly issued a statement denying these claims, nonetheless its still bad press for the Hammers and Brady.
Next up, West Ham throw away a vital two points as they drew 2-2 with Everton and the Hammers main striker Frederic Piquionne was sent off, ironically for celebrating the goal which gave the East Londoners a 2-1 lead. The result was harsh for West Ham, a game in which they probably deserved to win yet they failed to see out.
But Karen Brady still wasn’t out of the weekends headlines yet. Sky Sports duo Richard Keys and Andy Gray were recorded making sexist comments during the Wolves v Liverpool game at Molineux. Former TV AM presenter Keys wasn’t best pleased about a woman linesman, expressing his concern that someone should go down there and explain the offside rule to her.
Not quite done there, Keys went on to add “Did you hear charming Karen Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Do me a favour, love.” Oh dear, Richard Keys – what have you done? Of course, this clanger by the Sky Sports presenter is no slur on Brady. But its just another headline and story the West Ham chairman faces, in what is a critical time for the club.
As a new week starts Karen will want to put the last 7 days events behind her. And look forward to what is a massive week for West Ham, on Friday the decision as to who will inherit the London Olympic stadium is announced. West Ham United or Stratford Hotspurs? Leyton Orients bid had fizzled out when Barry Hearn had announced that the running track around the pitch had put them off. Yeah, OK, Barry.
Its looking increasingly likely that West Ham will win that battle, they even have the backing of Lord Coe. As Spurs want to remove the running track in the stadium and make it a football only stadium, whereas the Hammers will keep it as a multi purpose stadium.
If West Ham do win the bid for the Olympic Stadium, im sure Gold And Sullivan will herald it as a new era for West Ham United FC. Whether or not it will be hosting Premier League football is another matter.