Filed: Saturday, 24th December 2011
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United vice chair Karren Brady has insists that West Ham United will not consider ground sharing with a rugby team.
Last week, Olympic Park Legacy Company Chief Executive Andrew Altman admitted that his organisation were looking into the possibility of combining several sports - including football and rugby - when naming a tenant/tenants for the Olympic Stadium post next summer's games.
However that suggestion has been unequivocally dismissed by Brady, who insists that it is unworkable due to freshly-introduced Premier League rules.
"Any prospective tenants who wish to express an interest in using the Olympic stadium have been told they must do so by March next year," Brady said via her column for the Sun. "London's rugby teams can also bid for its use.
"While all of us at West Ham would be happy to share with athletics at the Olympic stadium, there is no way we would go into a ground-sharing agreement with a rugby club. It is a complete non-starter for us.
"Impossible, actually, as soon it will be a breach of Premier League rules to share your ground with rugby."
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06:57PM 2nd Jan 2012
''No football clubs can force the teams they share with out of the grounds unless they completely own the ground, so Karen is talking rubbish again. Wigan wouldnt have a ground if it wasn't for the rugby club, nor would Hull.
And its been proven time and time again that rugby and football being played on the same pitch doesnt produce a worse pitch, unless like at Wigan, the pitch is built on top of an old sewage works where the drainage has been a problem since day one.. and only happens in the winter.. no such trouble at Hull which is home to a Rugby team and a football team. ''
by Don Wolf
09:02PM 24th Dec 2011
''I fully agree with Karren's statement. Even if the Premier League rules did not incur any restrictions with ground sharing, one would only have to look at the state of Wigan's pitch when they were sharing their stadium with their local rugby club. It was more like a cow patch and the home team would have the advantage. However, the actual match in the spectators' perspective would be a nightmare.''
08:03PM 24th Dec 2011
''I am fed up to my eye teeth with the Olympic Stadium.
1. Short term lease tenancy by leaving a site we own and should develop.
2. Cannot name the new stadium to suit us.
3. Spuds and Os complaining- Levi and Hernia (jealous company owners and experts in sticking their noses in where it does not concern them).
4. A stadium not built with football in mind.
5. No decent roof structure.
6. Built to a cheap affordable 'housing type' specification (worse than the 02).
It all sounded good to start with but step back and look at the White Elephant that is actually there.
Nice of Karren to say that "we would breach Premier League rules" if we ground share with a rugby club - while I admire her optimism we are not actually a PL side.
You only have to look back at the owners' failure to get rid of Avram Grant and the rubbish signings of 2010-11 to doubt their wisdom.
We are an unsteady ship with a crew that would not keep us afloat if we get back to the PL next season, it grates me to see FAT SAM introducing the Bolton style of football and deny it at the same time.
"Karren, you're FIRED." ''
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