Search

Free 40-page supplement celebrating the Queen’s record reign in this week’s Recorder

On sale Now

Allardyce: West Ham must have a team to merit Olympic Stadium

10:13 08 December 2012

West Ham United

West Ham United's Sam Allardyce on the touchline

EMPICS Sport

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has warned the club must have a team befitting of the Olympic Stadium if the potential move is to be successful.

A unanimous decision from the London Legacy Development Corporation board (LLDC) was to make Barclays Premier League club the preferred bidder for the use of the Olympic Stadium.

Allardyce believes the relocation could be “outstanding” for the Hammers but has issued a stark warning that the club must continue to develop and progress to make the Olympic Stadium move work.

“There is one thing you have to bear in mind, you cannot build a white elephant and the white elephant is a great stadium and no team - disaster,” he said.

“We have to manage our finances carefully because of the over-riding debt of the football club.

“I think what (co-chairmen) David Sullivan and David Gold do is top that up with their own wealth but there is somewhere down the line where they want to create a situation where that doesn’t happen.

“The long-term future of the football club is not only a new stadium but a new training facility that needs to go with the stadium as well - there are years of good financial management needed as well as success on the field.”

The 58-year-old Allardyce took charge at Bolton two years after they had opened their new stadium and soon led the Trotters to the Barclays Premier League.

The ex-Blackburn boss reckons his success in Bolton would not have been possible if the club had not moved to their newer, modern ground.

“There is always a lot of disruption when a club decides to move form somewhere which has a huge history,” he said.

“It is always going to be upsetting to some of the very loyal supporters we have but in the end, when you look to what happened at places like Bolton, I couldn’t have built that sort of success without those fantastic facilities - not that a facility has ever produced a player but it doesn’t half help.”

Allardyce is also aware that the extra revenue that comes from selling out a bigger stadium could make a difference in football’s modern era.

“I suppose it has got bigger facilities and could then create bigger revenues and I think you have got to judge a football club by its revenues these days - by its spending power,” he said.

“Its spending power is the ultimate now when we look at what Roman (Abramovich) has done at Chelsea and certainly what Mr. Mansour has done at Man City, so if you increase your spending power you can increase the size of your football club.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Gary Woods has left Leyton Orient to join Ross County on loan until January (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Third choice stopper moves to Scotland until January as Ian Hendon backs Charlie Grainger

Charlie Grainger
Orient's Jobi McAnuff (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Brisbane Road boss reveals several players struggling and it means McAnuff may return at Exeter City

Bradley Pritchard
Leyton Orient manager Ian Hendon looks on at Colchester (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round: Luton Town 2 Leyton Orient 1

Blair Turgott
Yesterday, 16:30
Leyton Orient goalkeeper Alex Cisak (green) will miss the next two matches against Luton Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and the league meeting at Exeter City (pic: Simon O'Connor).

League Two leaders without number one goalkeeper Alex Cisak for cup tie

Alex Cisak

Most read sport

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder