David Gold says he will not be driven out of West Ham United following the protests that marred Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley in the Premier League.
Supporters invaded the pitch and surrounded the directors’ box, calling for an end to the running of the club by the 81-year-old, fellow owner David Sullivan and chief executive Karren Brady.
However, Gold insists that he will stay on as he believes that the actions were conducted by a minority of the fanbase.
“We were mortified when we had to leave the box, it’s unreal to hear these people saying we have stolen money and that we are liars and cheats,” he told Claret & Hugh.
“It’s not as though they are pointing at a specific issue, they are all generalisations and simply not true,” Gold continued.
“I have no objection whatsoever to those who don’t like the way we run the club.
“Many of them are very decent people who argue their case passionately and intelligently – that’s fine.
“But I will never be driven away from anything by the behaviour I saw today.
“It won’t happen because of all the decent fans out there.”
Gold’s comments are not likely to go down well with the West Ham faithful, the majority of whom feel that the ownership have failed them during their tenure.
Pledges of investment for transfers and plans to compete for European places have not come to fruition, leading to a breakdown in trust between fans and the board.
A move to the London Stadium in 2016 seems to have further alienated core supporters and Saturday’s demonstrations represented a build up of tensions over a sustained period of time.
With West Ham’s Premier League status in the balance, there is clearly a huge appetite for change, although it is likely that nothing will be resolved until the end of the season.
Manager David Moyes is taking his players to Miami for warm-weather training over the coming days, ahead of a return to top-flight action against Southampton at the end of the month.