Hammers stadium move still on

WEST HAM insist the club's relegation will have no impact on their intentions to move into the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers beat Tottenham for the right to occupy the stadium after the London 2012 Games, but questions were raised about the viability of the move after the team's relegation to the Championship at the weekend.

A club spokesman told the Mirror: “We remain totally committed to it. Our target is to move there in three football seasons' time and we would hope that we would return to the Premier League as soon as possible.

“Our bid was based on several different areas. It was modelled on the Premier League, Championship and different scenarios – that has been the case from day one. As far as our plans for the Olympic Stadium are concerned, we are continuing at a pace.

“All things are connected but the club will obviously set about rebuilding so that we are in a position to challenge at the highest level in the Championship and get back into the Premier League as soon as possible. No doubt we will be doing things in the coming weeks in order to prepare the club to hopefully get back. We just have to get on with it.”

The club are searching for a new manager after Avram Grant was sacked following relegation at Wigan on Sunday.

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