Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and The Olympic Stadium

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Nick says:

    Nice article, informative and interesting

  2. Sam H says:

    Great article – as a West Ham fan it just seems too much of a compromise

    (thanks for linking to my survey btw!)

    Sam

  3. Richard says:

    It would make a lot of sense for Sullivan and Gold to sell the Upton Park property and only lease out the Olympic Stadium though, right? One might argue that West Ham’s short-term financial situation necessitates the deal. Even if long-term it would be the worst move imaginable.

  4. I’m a Manchester City fan now living in London, so no axe to grind.

    ITV London Local News had an interesting item on this.

    It went “why would Spurs want to move to a stadium nearer West Ham and Leyton Orient than them?”

    The answer was they still fear objections to their plans to re-develop WHL, but putting a bid into plans for the Olympic stadium will please the government which wants as many bids as possible, therefore the government would be less likely to object to plans to re-develop WHL, which is what Spurs really want.

    There was then the question about this bid being in partnership with AEG the O2 owners, what would AEG get out of this?

    The answer was AEG used to be in partnership with West Ham but fell out, they want to get back with West Ham.

    It was then emerged that an AEG director was on the London Olympic Organising Committee and it was asked “is this a conflict on interests?”

    The question was put to Lord Sebastian Coe who was answering questions. He didn’t answer this one though, he turned away and started talking to someone else.

    City’s ground is a former athletics stadium and I don’t like it. OK it may be my age and it may be ar state-of-the-art but it still feels like a soul less bowl to me.

    And I wouldn’t trust Sullivan and Gold as far as I could spit.

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