Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Grant backs Hammers stadium plan

Avram Grant
Avram Grant

Avram Grant is convinced West Ham will become a much stronger club if they are chosen to move into the Olympic Stadium as expected.

And the Hammers boss also took aim at rivals Tottenham for wanting to move east to Stratford from north London.

"We wouldn't move to Chelsea," he said.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) will make a decision on Friday whether West Ham or Tottenham should occupy the London 2012 showpiece once the Games are over.

The Hammers are expected to be chosen as the preferred bidder given that they are committed to honouring Britain's pledge to host post-Olympics athletics meetings at the stadium.

An increasingly bitter war of words has broken out between the two bids this week, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy warning that the stadium would become a white elephant if occupied by West Ham.

The Hammers deny those claims and have criticised Spurs for wanting to move over five miles from their north London home to an area synonymous with West Ham.

Grant echoed those sentiments, saying: "There has been no definite decision yet, but I think if we are successful it will take the club forward.

"I think it's in our area so the people in the area deserve it.

"I have said it before - I don't think that we would want to build a stadium in Chelsea."

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