Pundit Hansen a pompous fool, says West Ham chairman Gold

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HAM chairman David Gold has launched a withering attack on television pundit Alan Hansen, calling the former Liverpool defender "a pompous fool".

Gold, who owns 62 per cent of the club with long-standing business partner David Sullivan, said Hansen still owed him an apology over "insulting" remarks the Scot made on Match of the Day in 2010.

"I think he said, a good chair is a chairman that doesn't sign autographs or interacts with fans," Gold wrote on Twitter yesterday.

"He also implied that a good chairman shouldn't have a football opinion. Alan Hansen is a pompous fool and owes me an apology."

Gold said the BBC had sent him footage of the programme, which he appeared in, but not Hansen's remarks.

He added: "It's interesting that after my feature on MOD [Match of the Day] the BBC sent my a copy of the show but cut out the insulting comments by AH [Hansen]."

The Hammers picked up their first away points since their promotion in a 0-0 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday. Manager Sam Allardyce said: "That's three clean sheets from four since our return to the Premier League and that is a basis to build from."