Gourlay: 'We've got to have a bigger stadium'

10 May 2012 04:56
We have to stay among the elite

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay urges excitable bloggers and commentators who needlessly speculate about where Chelsea will play their football in the future to exercise caution.Okay, so Ron did not mention excitable bloggers or commentators but he did say at the launch if Chelsea's partnership with Sauber Formula One this."What we've all got to do is keep our feet on the ground as far as Battersea is concerned," Gourlay told Press Association Sport"When we met with the Chelsea Pitch Owners shareholders back in October, we indicated that we were doing everything in our power to stay at Stamford Bridge, to extend Stamford Bridge, and we've looked at potential opportunities of a new-build around the Stamford Bridge area."Not only does that cause us issues with economics, it also causes us major challenges around potential planning applications and all the rest. We do feel, as a club, that to stay among the elite, we've got to have a bigger stadium."And one of the things that we discussed with the shareholders was to look at opportunities within a three-mile perimeter of the current site at Stamford Bridge. One of them is Battersea. There's a long way to go, there are other bidders in there, and we just need to see where it goes from there."So there, excitable bloggers and commentators, chill out and wait and see.That's what I'm going to do from now on.Have your comment on Chelsea's future either at the Bridge or elsewhere on the Chelsea-Mad messageboard.


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