Fans seem to be undecided about our illustrious owners. Some believe they are fans and have a master plan to turn West Ham into a major force in the Prem; others think they are on a money making exercise and don't give a toss about the club; and another group adhere to the "cock up" theory.
What's indisputable is that since they have taken charge, they have made a series of awful decisions. Yes we were in a mess when they bought the club, but we were in the Prem, and we are not now. Decisions which fall somewhere between questionable and awful include:
1) The signing of McCarthy.
2) The signing of Mido.
3) The failure to sign defenders in the January 2010 window.
4) The undermining of Zola whilst he was still manager.
5) The stupid, "Everybody is for sale except Parker" statement.
6) The absurd contract given to Parker which has deflated his value now we have been relegated.
7) The failure to sign a left back in the January and summer windows of 2010.
8) The appointment of Avram Grant.
9) The failure to renew an inadequate squad last summer, moving out Parker, Cole, Behrami, Upson and Green and using the money to rebuild.
10) The terrible bungling attempt to replace Grant in January.
11) The decision to then leave the wounded and resentful Grant in charge.
12) The distraction of the Olympic Stadium.
13) The decision to employ an employee of the OLC as a consultant for the club.
14) Failing to arrest the slide towards relegation.
15) As we stand, with the new season less than a month away, we can''t even name a first 11 if all the players rumoured to be leaving do, in fact, defect.
That is quite a list given they have only been in charge for 18 months! What have they achieved on the positive side?
1) The wage bill has been slashed and will be slashed further.
2) As things stand, we will be the tenants of the Olympic Stadium.
3) We have signed Nolan.
4) The debt has been reduced despite falling revenues and, because of the slash and burn decimation of the squad, we are positioned to "survive Armageddon" of relegation.
5) Fans expectations have been brilliantly managed so, even now, there is not widespread revolt.
Can anybody think of anything else? Some will argue the retention of Scotty but we find ourselves in the Championship and Scotty is worth less now than he was a year ago so that must be seen as an error surely?
So, what is going on? Are the guys complete idiots? That seems unlikely given their record for making money. Who were the idiots at Birmingham, Sullivan & Gold who bought low and sold high, trousering a wedge, or the new dodgy owner / the poor Birmingham fans who celebrated jumping out of the frying pan into the fire?
Are they doing everything in the interests of West Ham United, the football club, and its fans? Unlikely surely. We are in the Championship and Doctor Evil Allardyce is in charge of the Academy of Football. Would ANY West Ham fan have opted for this scenario when the Dildo Boys took over the club?
Is this a master plan to make a personal fortune then? I remain very worried about the sale of the Boleyn. How much of the proceeds will be used to clear the debts ahead of selling the club at a tasty profit to any dodgy money launderer sloshing around at the time? My guess is 100% of it.
I may be wrong. Sullivan and Gold may be idiots but I fear that if the fans really want to spot the mugs at Upton Park, they need to look in the mirror.