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Daily Archives: December 20, 2011
Posted on Tuesday, 20th December 2011 by FFC
It may be slightly presumptuous of me to predict the outcome of an extremely competitive and exciting division such as the Championship, but I am going to do it anyway. West Ham will be promoted.
The Hammers have been underwhelming this season and have a horrific injury/suspension list that can rival even Manchester Unitedthis season, but still sit second and one point off of the lead. The redevelopment of the club over the summer was steady and new manager Sam Allardyce has installed the ability to win even when they are not playing well.
The minimum expectations from both the Irons board and supporters alike are that the club return to the top flight at the first time of asking this season. Nearing the half-way mark of the campaign and it is looking good for the prospect of Premier League football returning to Upton Park in August and so it could be time to look to the future this January.
The return of players such as Sam Baldock, Henri Lansbury, Jack Collison and Abdoulaye Faye will hopefully have the effect of new signings in the New Year and so the need to buy ‘Championship’ players should be restricted. Co-owner David Gold has confirmed that ‘Big Sam’ has funds to spend in the New Year and so it is chance to begin to think about what can happen if/when promotion is achieved.
It is; of course; not guaranteed that Allardyce will get his side promoted but the need to add quality to the team may take more than one transfer window if they are going to be competitive in the Premier League. The likes of Scott Parker and Demba Baleft Upton Park in the summer and have not really been properly replaced, leaving a decent side but a very thin squad.
The return of injured and suspended players will fill gaps but the long term future sees the need for fresh blood. After a failed bid for Nicolas Anelka last week, it is good to see the optimism from the club, and more bids of a similar scale are required. Fair enough if Allardyce wants to bring in a loan signing or two to bolster his squad before the end of the season, but fixed fee signing should be of Premier League quality from now on.
Bringing in a decent Championship player is no longer required in this squad and so out-of-contract Prem players in the summer could be target next month and shown that club knows where it is heading. The Hammers have already been linked with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Nicky Maynard and Liam Ridgewell ahead of next month and it is time for West Ham to be more forceful in bringing in the right players. No doubt that there will be plenty of speculation in the next six weeks and it will interesting to see just how brave the Upton Park back room want to be.
Football and rugby clubs could team up to use the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games.
The new bidding process to use the stadium after the Games opens on Tuesday. West Ham are favourites to become the tenants but the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) have confirmed they will accept a ground-share bid from a football and a rugby team, and that retaining the athletics track is non-negotiable.
The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, home to Swansea City and the Ospreys, is seen as a successful model of a ground-share scheme. The OPLC will also be open to selling the naming rights on the stadium, with the tenants receiving a cut of the income.
The original deal for West Ham to take over the stadium collapsed in October due to legal challenges from Tottenham and Leyton Orient, and under the new process the OPLC will spend around ?95million on converting the stadium to a 60,000-seat venue for the new tenants.
If the tenants want to have retractable seating over the running track, as West Ham are considering as part of their bid, they would have to cover those costs themselves.
The deadline for the bids is in March with a decision due in May, and the stadium reopened in 2014.
Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: “The Government is committed to securing a legacy from the Olympic Stadium, and wants to see it re-opening in 2014. With the 2017 World Athletics Championship bid won, athletics will be at the heart of a multi-purpose venue that will also be a great asset to the local community.
“The Olympic Stadium is an iconic venue and I am sure that it will attract interesting and exciting bids for its future use.”
The OPLC will retain control of a number of days for the stadium. Some of these are reserved for athletics including the London Diamond League meeting, and others could be used for Twenty20 cricket, concerts and American football – talks have already been held with the NFL.
London mayor Boris Johnson, who said in October that West Ham would “almost certainly” become the tenants, added: “Opening up the bidding to other interested parties now shows just how far ahead we are in planning a great future for east London long after the Games have left town.”