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London 2012: Fans poll on West Ham Olympic Stadium move
West Ham United fans have started a poll seeking views on the club's proposed move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after the Games.
The group behind the ballot - WHU's View - claims the club does not want to hear supporters' opinions on the move.
The club said it was unable to have discussions about the proposed move because of a confidentiality agreement.
West Ham's bid to use the stadium after the Olympics is one of four made in time for last month's deadline.
WHU's View is seeking an independent poll so that supporters can express their opinion on the move.
Peter Caton, of WHU's View, said: "If the club wins the bid and the keys are handed over, we don't believe that the club are then going to want to ask supporters because it'll be a fait accompli."
Over two home games, the group will hand out 15,000 ballot papers.
West Ham hope to move about four miles (6.44km) from their current home at Upton Park in east London to the new venue.
West Ham said it had been in contact with WHU's View about a poll and has agreed to carry one out after 21 May, the date a decision on the successful bidder will be made.
A club spokesman said: "The club is currently bound by such stringent confidentiality constraints whilst in the bidding process that we are unable to conduct it until after 21 May.
"The May deadline will not be the final opportunity for supporters to have their say, but it is a legal deadline that we have to respect and adhere to.
"It remains the desire of West Ham United to work with all supporter groups and the club is in constant dialogue with them."
The Football Supporters' Federation said it did not believe West Ham had broken any rules on fan consultation. It expects rules to come into force soon that should see the club carry out a thorough consultation on their proposals.
Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the federation, said: "In line with the spirit of the rule which the Football League are going to introduce, we believe that West Ham should carry out a proper independent consultation with their fanbase."
Essex County Cricket Club and The University of East London have also tabled a joint bid to use the stadium. The two other candidates are unknown.
West Ham were initially awarded the stadium in a partnership with Newham Council in October last year, but the deal fell through following complaints from rival clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient.
Tony Cottee Column: West Ham must now concentrate on themselves
“The play-offs provide a fantastic opportunity for the fans to potentially enjoy a day out at Wembley.”
It has been a real period of mixed emotions for West Ham fans over the Easter break. Firstly we had the joy of comprehensively winning at Barnsley, scoring four goals and setting a new club record.
However, this was short-lived as on Monday evening at half time, the Hammers found themselves 3-1 down, having been punished by Birmingham City.
That disappointment was overcome by an inspirational second-half display from Sam Allardyce’s side as West Ham managed to claw two goals back and were unlucky not to actually win the game.
Fast forward 24 hours, and the picture doesn’t look so bright for Hammers fans, as Reading’s lucky win at Brighton means that the Royals, along with Southampton, are now six points clear of West Ham at the top of the league.
With only four games to go, our chances of automatic promotion look to be slipping away.
Of course, Reading do still have to go to Southampton and then Birmingham on the last day of the season, but in a way the Hammers’ fate could well now be out of their own hands.
All West Ham can do now is focus on their remaining four games of the season and go all out to win them all.
There is no point worrying about what the other teams will be getting up to as we can only affect what we do on the pitch.
If the Hammers do end up in the play-offs then it isn’t the end of the world.
Sometimes it is more fun to get promoted via the play-offs, and they provide a fantastic opportunity for the fans and their families to potentially enjoy a day out at Wembley.
What will be important if we do end up finishing in third place is that we build up momentum between now and the end of the season.
The second half of the Birmingham game will hopefully kick-start things and the lads should be buzzing ahead of this weekend’s game against Brighton.
Let’s face it, it is about time that West Ham managed to get a win at Upton Park and I believe that we will end our home hoodoo on Saturday.
Gus Poyet has created a Brighton side that like to play good football, but the Seagulls haven’t had the best results of late away from home, so we have to hit the ground running and have a real go at them from the first whistle.
I actually think that Brighton’s style of play will suit the Hammers better than a side that comes to Upton Park looking to put 10 men behind the ball and play on the counter attack.
We only have to look back to when Blackpool came to east London, tried to play good football and ended up getting beaten 4-0.
Another performance like that would certainly set the Hammers up nicely for the season run-in.
Before that though, I imagine all eyes will be on St Mary’s tomorrow night (Friday) when Reading visit the Saints and I hope that the game lives up to its expectations.
I don’t think that there can really be a bad outcome for West Ham as one, if not both, of the two sides will drop some points.
With only four games to go, I’m sure that there could be one last twist in the race for automatic promotion from the Championship.
Watch this space.
Tony Cottee was talking to Nathaniel John
the evening standard
Romance will never die at Upton Park
For West Ham and their supporters, it has been a Clockwise sort of season.
One that may remind some of the nailbitingly comic film in which John Cleese’s headmaster, by turns encouraged and frustrated in his efforts to drive to an event that means so much to him — the Headmasters’ Conference, of which he has been made president — declares: “It’s not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand.”
West Ham’s ‘Headmasters’ Conference’ is the Premier League and, although experience has equipped them for dealing with despair in normal circumstances, hope keeps intruding in the form of convincing away wins.
That Barnsley should be followed by yet another disappointment at home — though it could have been worse because Sam Allardyce’s team were 3-1 down before drawing with Birmingham — was characteristic of a campaign now almost certain to culminate in the play-offs. Reports that they plan to apply to play both legs of their semi-final on the opposition’s ground are frivolous.
Less so is a suspicion that the players have become nervous about presenting Upton Park with football that hardly conforms to Danny Blanchflower’s glorious vision or — to stay closer to home — the traditions associated with Ron Greenwood and John Lyall.
Romantics mentioning this leave themselves open, or at least ajar, to derision. But East Londoners scan football’s horizon and see football that would have gladdened those luminaries’ hearts: at Swansea, notably. There, promotion has been followed by stylistic development and something comparable might happen if Reading, recently triumphant at West Ham, proceed to the Premier League.
Last night Brian McDermott’s men merely scraped a win at Brighton, whose Guy Poyet can be expected to take a bold approach on Saturday because they urgently need points. And where does fate send Brighton? To Upton Park. Stand by for hope and despair.
Italian giants Juventus are preparing for their return to Champions League football and are eyeing a double summer swoop for Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic and Chelsea's Fernando Torres.
Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt could be set for a return to Feyenoord in the summer, with the Dutch club ready to offer him a coaching role as well as a playing deal.
Chelsea target Christian Maggio will not be moving to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to the player's agent. The Napoli defender impressed during both legs of the recent Champions League second round tie between his side and Chelsea.
Tottenham are the latest club to be linked with Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The 23-year-old, who is believed to have a buy-out clause of 22m euros (£18m), has already caught the eye of Manchester United and Liverpool.
Fifa has told the Football Association it can change its rules on retrospective punishment to avoid situations like the one involving Mario Balotelli at Arsenal. The City striker escaped further sanction for his tackle on Arsenal's Alex Song because referee Martin Atkinson - who did not punish the Italian at the time - said in his report he had seen the incident.
Frank Lampard appears to be staying at Chelsea after the midfielder was used to model the new kit for the 2012-13 season.
Former Reading and Manchester City boss Steve Coppell approached League Two side Crawley Town over the possibility of joining the club as director of football.
Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is hoping boss Arsene Wenger changes his formation next season so he can play in his preferred position as striker.
Striker Marius Ebbers of German side St Pauli persuaded the referee to rule out his 'hand of God' goal against Union Berlin in Tuesday's Bundesliga II clash.
101 Great Goals
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was sent a packet of his favourite sweets by an eight-year-old fan to cheer him up following Sunday's defeat to Arsenal.
ROBERT HUTH will reject the chance to return to Germany with Schalke this summer by signing a new deal at Stoke.
Several Bundesliga sides attempted to lure centre-back Huth, 27, home last year.
But his representatives expect to open talks over a new three-year deal to stay at the Britannia in the next couple of weeks.
SOUTHAMPTON will move for Adam Hammill if Saints go up and Wolves are relegated.
Hammill, 24, spent the 2007-08 season on loan at St Mary’s when he was at Liverpool.
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and Trevor Brooking!!!
Might be news, might not, but Moose has tweeted that Gianluca Nani is in line for a return to the English Game. Not saying where other than his understanding is it's a Championship side but NOT West Ham. <sign of relief.
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