Very interesting to read in today's Times that all calculations used for our Olympic Stadium bid are based on us being relegated this season. Whereas Tottenham are bargaining on grossing £100m from selling the naming rights of the stadium they are planning to build to replace the athletics super bowl, we are cutting our cloth to suit the revenues of life outside the Premiership. That, it seems is our only way of appearing credible.
Now, in some senses this is good news of course. This time last year, the Davids suggested financial Armageddon if we went down; now we can not only afford to take relegation on the chin, we can even afford to remodel a white elephant of a stadium to the tune of £100m! I'm not exactly sure how the business model works though. Perhaps the residents of Newham will find a little surcharge on their council tax in return for the privilege of keeping West Ham in the borough.
On the other hand, it doesn't say a lot about Sullivan and Gold's confidence in Grant and his inherited team beating the drop.
Meanwhile, the athletics heavyweights are laying into Tottenham's plans with a vengeance, talking about betraying the spirit of the games, the Olympic legacy and the promises made to secure the Olympics for London in the first place. I loved the line that Tottenham are only interested in making the move because of poor transport links to White Hart Lane but that transport links to Crystal Palace, where they propose building the substitute athletics stadium, are "as bad with knobs on"! Basically, Tottenham are trying to shaft UK Olympics and UK Olympics aint happy about it.
Meanwhile, I find myself in a very weird place on this issue. I don't want to move to the Olympic Stadium but I'm buggered if I want Tottenham to pip us in the race to win it. Life's a bitch. Head's I lose, tails I lose. A bit like Tory Boy Seb Coe spit roasted by Levy and Redknapp! And that in itself is a singularly delightful and revolting image!