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.”