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West Ham owners could be frozen out of Leicester’s boardroom

There is still simmering anger from the Leicester board over Brady’s comments

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The West Ham board could experience embarrassment during Saturday’s game with Leicester City after it was revealed they might be exiled from the Foxes’ boardroom.

Like all feuds involving our top brass, this one was provoked by their outspoken nature. Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha reacted negatively to a newspaper column in which Karren Brady alleges Srivaddhanaprabha spent around £500,000 on wine the night he sacked Claudio Ranieri. Of course, the Italian had guided the Foxes to the Premier League title just a few months earlier.

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Brady’s column in The Sun alleged:

“Whilst browsing the Leicester owner told him that in an hour or so news would break they had sacked Claudio Ranieri,

“He then went and settled his bill for wine and champagne, quite casually.

“I am guessing the compensation payment to his old manager is mere pocket change by comparison.”

Leicester are still irate, and despite an apology from the Hammers, a move for Islam Slimani was blocked in January. If they really wanted to hurt the Irons they should have let the move go ahead because Slimani has been awful for Newcastle. Why were West Ham even trying to buy strikers when we have the worst defence in the Premier League?

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Regardless, the West Ham board could be publicly embarrassed on Saturday and I can’t wait. We know the David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady are attending the game, a club insider told The Sun:

“The members of the board are 100 per cent going, but they still don’t know where they will be sitting. An apology doesn’t seem to have worked. There is a fear the directors will be allocated an executive box and not boardroom seats.”

This dispute is completely the board’s doing and I welcome anything negative that happens as a result.