Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby goa127 on Sun May 13, 2018 12:26 am

Why do people get so upset at Karen Brady writing **** in a **** excuse for a newspaper? It's her whole raison d'etre. Being an ars**** and arrogant at the same time. Don't get your blood pressure up, don't read it. That applies to both her column and the paper it's written in but that's a purely personal opininion
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby Bradley_m on Sun May 13, 2018 7:21 am

Is this her exit strategy?
A backhanded way to ensure her position at the club becomes untenable. The board then have no choice but to let her go with a handsome payoff... She certainly won't resign and walk with nothing.

Let's face it, whilst not the business genius she believes she Is, she certainly isn't stupid.
She knows exactly what the fans think of her sun column and exactly what reaction these inflammatory comments will draw.
She's done this purposefully if you ask me.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby hammerman11 on Sun May 13, 2018 7:24 am

just dont buy or read that pile of ****

she wont go until the leeches have gone.

sack the board

moyes out

***** stadium

***** team

same old west ham !
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby bonzosbeard on Sun May 13, 2018 7:51 am

May I please change my username to Malcontent!!!!

I believe this fits my description. Am I being a keyboard warrior too? I don't think so because if I had the chance I would tell her to her face.

Could we possibly have a poll on whether these latest comments should be for her to resign?
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby Hamburger on Sun May 13, 2018 8:21 am

I hope there is a large turn out of ‘malcontents’ at the WHUISA meeting and march today. One thing her highness does not like is criticism of her many failings and tarnishing of her well manipulated and undeserving image as a ‘successful’ business woman. Hold on to your seat m’am, you’re in for a bumpy ride.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby Hamburger on Sun May 13, 2018 8:29 am

Also whilst I will be at the meeting, I will not be going to the ****hole. But may I suggest some singing of


To the tune of ‘ta ra de boom de yay’? That will show how much of a ‘minority’ we are.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby taffhammer on Sun May 13, 2018 9:01 am

Someone who has a column in the Sun must surely be a contender for the ultimate keyboard warrior ?
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby Graza on Sun May 13, 2018 10:11 am

taffhammer wrote:Someone who has a column in the Sun must surely be a contender for the ultimate keyboard warrior ?

:thup: perhaps she meant herself - she is the one damaging the club from her keyboard, or more likely from her dictating to a poorly paid office junior to type out her verbal diarrhea. Can't have her actually doing the work now can we.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby snooperpooper on Sun May 13, 2018 10:12 am

Thought this was the best thread to show this article from Sam Wallace of The Telegraph, it only further adds fuel to the fire that she lit.

Why did West Ham sell over 100 years of history at Upton Park so cheaply?

Watching the after-thought of a Premier League match that was West Ham against Manchester United, a footnote at the fag-end of a tired season for two stressed-out teams, it was hard not to cast the mind back to that marvellous last game at Upton Park two years ago.

Yes, the ambush of the Manchester United team bus was regrettable, but if ever you wanted a reason not to shutter and demolish a football ground it was the raw energy of that last West Ham comeback in E13. On Thursday night the away support sung “You’re not West Ham any more” at the London Stadium, in any other circumstances just the usual jousting, but poignant at the Hammers these days given many on the other side of the fence think that too.

Upton Park is no more, in its place the kind of apartment building complex you might see anywhere in 21st century London, maxing out a scrap of land where something less lucrative once stood. Residents began moving into Upton Gardens last September and the Barratt London brochure has a CGI man at a CGI table under a glorious CGI sky, no doubt wondering where he will get the deposit for one of the one-bedroom apartments that start at £359,500.

There is a Lyall House, and a Hammers House, and for some puzzling reason a Champions House, which is nothing if not overplaying the 1981 Second Division title. What was so notable about the loss of Upton Park, the only stadium West Ham have ever owned, is that it barely raised the club any money. In terms of profits from selling the place, the club cleared £8 million, with a further £700,000 for the assets – all told, a bit less than they paid Preston North End for Jordan Hugill.

The club started negotiating the sale of Upton Park long before its closure and it was eventually sold to Boleyn Phoenix, joint-owned by the Essex property developer Galliard and Mount Pleasant Developments, for £38 million. In their most recent accounts the club said they had used the income to pay off £14.7 million of loans against Upton Park and the £15 million one-off fee for access to the London Stadium where they have a 99-year tenancy.

When announcing the sale in 2014, West Ham said that Galliard offered the best legacy as developers for the stadium, to the extent that they had turned down more lucrative bids in favour of pursuing Galliard’s vision.

Karren Brady had said in February of that year that Galliard were “passionate about working with West Ham United to engage their supporters to help deliver a fitting legacy that will honour the tradition of the famous ground”.

“We are confident,” she added, “that West Ham United fans will be excited about their vision and the way they plan to respect more than 100 years of West Ham history at Upton Park.”

It all turned sour quicker than a Robert Snodgrass transfer. One year later, Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham, described Galliard’s plans to make only six per cent of the homes on the site of the stadium affordable as “insulting and totally unacceptable”. The following year there was a new joint application with Barratt Homes and by March 2017 it was Barratt London who entered into the agreement with Newham Council over the planning, having bought the site from Boleyn Phoenix.

Barratt London’s relationship with Newham has been much smoother and the council approved the new plans, announcing last year that it had acquired 211 of the 842 homes built on the site to be made available for affordable rents for local residents.

Neither Galliard nor Boleyn Phoenix responded to questions over how much the Upton Park site was sold for when it was acquired by Barratt London.

Barratt London also declined to comment. Land Registry documents record that the price paid on July 15, 2016 for the land was £40 million.

In a statement from a spokesman, Galliard said they made the decision to sell the site as a consequence of local protests citing “their [Galliard] frustrations over local protests and lack of local understanding about the commercial viability of their proposals

There had originally been plans for a museum on the site of the old stadium, and while that pales in comparison with the importance of affordable homes, it is not clear why Galliard felt it impossible to do both. A Galliard spokesman said in a statement: “Locals were very keen about the West Ham heritage aspects and landscaping aspects – but no one wanted the private sale homes, which were required to generate the capital to provide the heritage and public open space aspects of the proposals.”

He added that the sale was “always going to be a big risk for any purchaser – given that there might be local opposition to any redevelopment proposals”. He said that risk had been factored in and “given that the local protests help to sink the Galliard proposals, this has been proven by events”.

But it was plainly not the local protest that sunk Galliard, it was the man in charge of the council granting them planning being so appalled by the social housing offering that at the time Sir Robin Wales told Galliard to “drastically rethink this ridiculous offer”. Having previously been entrusted with 100 years of West Ham history, the decision was made to sell up, with the stadium passing from Boleyn Phoenix to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barratt London.

The latest accounts for Boleyn Phoenix for the financial year up to March 2017 showed an operating profit of £19.2 million and a total income of £16.8 million. There was no comment from Galliard or from any representative of Mount Pleasant Developments on where that profit in the Boleyn Phoenix accounts had come from. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing.

As for West Ham, they are trying to make the London Stadium feel more like home – more concourse displays, cheap ticketing for families, and of course they have a lot more seats than at Upton Park. They just do not own a stadium any longer, and the one they did seemed to go so cheap.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby smuts on Sun May 13, 2018 10:16 am

I suppose that's another piece of keyboard warrior rambling eh Karren?
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby jaybs on Sun May 13, 2018 10:59 am

Taxi? just let her walk! starting tomorrow and take her two best mates with her.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby The Old Mile End on Sun May 13, 2018 11:08 am

"Keyboard Warriors". Strangely enough the same term used by two likely lads when describing the malcontents during the WHFTV interview sitting at the wonky table. Funny that eh?

Coincidence of course - but a bit odd.

Then again, maybe as odd as AS's statement published online after the meeting with BG when all of a sudden his spelling and grammar showed a remarkable improvement.

Freudian slip Karren?
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby e-20 on Sun May 13, 2018 11:52 am

sicknote wrote:A few of us argued till we were blue in the face

You cannot put weight on the running track, it’s like a carpet , but we got mocked put down dismissed and ridiculed for scaremongering, by the club lovers, but having spoke with the suppliers of running tracks it’s common knowledge you cannot put anything let alone thousands of people on a track

Sadly the club propaganda won

The original plan was to put a substantial number of new piles under and around the track itself to enable support of the movable structure above, without damaging the track, thus clearly at some point the architects and engineers deemed it workable. The true events that followed have not been explained for obvious reasons in the toxic atmosphere of the development and related costs of the stadium re imagining, but it seems that that underlying supportive base was never put in due to (or leading to?) the whole cost and technical balls up of the movable stands which has confused serious understanding of the overall cause and effects of the debacle. But to prevent at least a years delay in re-opening the stadium, the whole issue has left us with the laughable temporary scaffolding we are presently sporting that costs a fortune in time and money to re position. Clearly at some stage the cheaper option of not completing that underlying support base has not met its goals the colapse of the company behind the movable stands being one consequence (again cause and effect obscured) but one presumed the change in material for the stands to a lighter material (ie aluminium) was part of the reasoning for not putting in the piles or a necessary consequence of.

One day we may get a clearer idea of what went on in all this chicken and egg process but how it has been suppressed to the extent it has is amazing to me with no real inquest into the underlying decision making or technical errors inherent in the process, especially considering just how much the press had their knives out for the whole stadium transformation.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby e1hammer on Sun May 13, 2018 5:53 pm

As a result of the WHUISA meeting a petition has been launched:
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby pbenjy on Sun May 13, 2018 6:54 pm

Seems that some people in the club are also growing weary of the nonsense.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby vietnammer on Sun May 13, 2018 6:58 pm

/\ yes indeedy. I was quite pleased to read that there has been pressure from within the club for her to drop the Sun column. I mean it's a free country and she can do as she pleases but if people in the club reckon it's harmful it must be a serious issue.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Sun May 13, 2018 7:01 pm

during the "campaign" before the big march - didn't Sully come out and say that she wouldn't give it up and that they couldn't or wouldn't make her......

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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby Mega Ron on Sun May 13, 2018 7:05 pm


I'll pay for the hearse.
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Re: Taxi for Karren ? Is one due ?

Postby Aztec Hammer on Sun May 13, 2018 7:05 pm

vietnammer wrote:/\ yes indeedy. I was quite pleased to read that there has been pressure from within the club for her to drop the Sun column. I mean it's a free country and she can do as she pleases but if people in the club reckon it's harmful it must be a serious issue.

She regularly slags off and shows disdain for the fans, a key stakeholder. Purposely antagonises them. Has failed miserably at her job and uses the Sun column as a platform to push her agenda.

In any other competent business, she’d have long ago been sacked for holding an untenable position and failing to perform adequately at her role.

That she is still here suggests she has something over the two morally bankrupt ***** in charge.
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