West Ham owners ‘want Premier League and Champions League titles within five years’

first_img1 West Ham celebrate during 3-0 win over Hull in the Premier League West Ham co-chaiman David Sullivan has revealed his astonishing ambition for the East End club to be Premier League and European champions within the next five years.It’s been a fine campaign so far for the Hammers who, in seventh place, are currently just four points adrift of the top four.Sam Allardyce’s side were as high as third at one point, with the Upton Park faithful granted their long-term wish of attacking football thanks to summer signings Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, along with a return to form for both Stewart Downing and record signing Andy Carroll.West Ham’s attractive style has joint chairman Sullivan – who along with David Gold bought the club five years ago – aiming “to finish in a Champions League spot” this season.And asked how he sees the next five years for the club, he said: “I’d like to see us win the Premier League and then the Champions League.“Yes, I know it’s unlikely but again, not impossible – look at Atletico Madrid. We can all dream.“We are West Ham United, we’re a big club, one of four big clubs in London. We have some catching up to do but we’ve closed the gap.“I’m optimistic and if things go our way we could beat Real Madrid tomorrow. It’s unlikely but not impossible.”Atletico broke decades of dominance from Real Madrid and Barcelona to win Spain’s Primera Division last season, while they also reached the Champions League final, where they were beaten in extra time by local rivals Real.Gold’s aims are not as fanciful as those of his colleague but he too believes his side can establish themselves as challengers for Europe for years to come.He added: “I would be disappointed if we don’t join the so-called top six within the next five years.“We know the fanbase is there and it will grow when we move [to the London Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2016].“This isn’t blind optimism. I can see everything coming together, culminating in us becoming a top club, challenging at the highest level with top players in an amazing stadium supported by amazing fans.”last_img read more


first_imgGARDAI in Sligo are questioning a man after a car was stolen in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny last night.The Honda Civic coupe was nicked from outside the home of owner Jenny Higgins.The mother of two has been left terrified after discovering the car missing last night. However Gardai acted quickly and the vehicle was recovered today in Sligo.A Garda spokesman said a man detained in the stolen car is helping them with their enquiries. MAN QUIZZED OVER STOLEN CAR was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carletterkennyLong LaneSligo gardaistolenlast_img read more