Scott Parker insists West Ham are 'perfect' for Olympic Stadium

21 January 2011 05:05
West Ham's Scott Parker is adamant 'everything works out perfectly' for the club to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) are to mull over final submissions from Tottenham, who would scrap the athletics track, and the Hammers, who would keep it, ahead of a likely decision next week.

Tottenham's prospective move from north to east London would be a further bone of contention and Parker believes everything is set up for his side to win the decision - despite opposition from some of their own fans to a move away from Upton Park.

Hammer time: Parker, flanked by James Tomkins (left) and Mark Noble (right) have implored the OPLC to allow West Ham to move into the Olympic Stadium

'I think everything works out perfectly, geography-wise and to move the club forward,' he told Sky Sports News.

'Certain people don't like that change but it's only going to drive the club forward.

'It will be exciting, you want to play in the best stadium and the Olympic Stadium will be that.'

Of course, much depends on the club winning their battle against relegation from the Barclays Premier League - they currently prop up the table and have played more games than all of the teams immediately above them.

'We need to try to push on and get results, the games are running out,' Parker added. 'But we've got a lot of belief we can get out of the situation we're in, we need to pick up results and do that.

'It's very important, whether we get the stadium or not, to stay in the Premier League is vital. We're a big club and we need to stay in the Premier League, and that's crucial if we want to get the Olympic Stadium.'

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Midfielder Mark Noble, a boyhood Hammers fan, said: 'Loyal fans love the atmosphere at Upton Park and love everything to do with it but as a business, to come here and have a bigger stadium would be great.

'Our biggest games are completely sold out, if we moved here I'm sure we could sell loads more tickets and it's probably fairer to lower the prices and a lot more people could come and watch us.

'I would be such an enjoyable thing to do, such a fantastic brand-new stadium to move into.'

On the East End location, he added: 'It's the roots of club, it's fantastic for the stadium to be where is, to stay here and stay local. That's what this bid's about and I'm sure that's what everyone will be gearing towards.'

Midfielder Mark Noble, a boyhood Hammers fan, said: 'Loyal fans love the atmosphere at Upton Park and love everything to do with it but as a business, to come here and have a bigger stadium would be great.

'Our biggest games are completely sold out, if we moved here I'm sure we could sell loads more tickets and it's probably fairer to lower the prices and a lot more people could come and watch us.

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'I would be such an enjoyable thing to do, such a fantastic brand-new stadium to move into.'

On the East End location, he added: 'It's the roots of club, it's fantastic for the stadium to be where is, to stay here and stay local. That's what this bid's about and I'm sure that's what everyone will be gearing towards.

Hammers co-owner David Gold played down the importance of the outcome of this season's survival fight, and also insisted the stadium issue has a relevance much wider than simply the two clubs.

'It's not a competition between Tottenham and West Ham,' he said. 'This is a competition between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, Newham, athletics, cricket and the community.

'West Ham is the preferred bid in my view, it's the best bid, it's all about legacy.

'This is about keeping promises, the future, the community - it's a much bigger issue than money and football.

'I think we're the best bid and I believe that right will out.

'Our bid embraces so many areas, so many other sports, it embraces the community and the local council. We believe this is proper and right and we should be the rightful winners of this process.'

On the relegation issue, he added: "This is not about next year and the year after, it's about the next 100 or 200 years.

'Clubs go through ups and downs, we can't just take a moment in time and say 'there's a possibility that you'll get relegated, what is your financial support?' - we've got to talk about the next 200 years.

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