West Ham legend Cottee: I could've been chairman

West Ham United legend Tony Cottee admits he came close to becoming chairman of his beloved club.

West Ham United legend Tony Cottee admits he came close to becoming chairman of his beloved club.

Back in 2005 Cottee, now 47, began building a consortium which he hoped would take over the Upton Park club and lead it to better times.

In the end, Cottee’s efforts ended when he lost out to the ill-fated Icelandic takeover. Cottee’s bid to help buy the club he loved is chronicled in his new book — Tony Cottee: West Ham The Inside Story.

“I don’t regret what I did,” he told the London Evening Standard. “The people who were interested in forming our consortium were bankers and financial experts but I felt I could add some valuable football input.”

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