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Will West Ham’s stadium move pay out?

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stadiumAfter a stunning final season at Upton Park, hopes were high about West Ham United’s move to their new stadium. The first half season at the London Stadium has been difficult, but there is still great optimism the move will pay off.

The rental cost of £2.5 million per year (with additional payments to be made dependent on West Ham’s on-field performance) is clearly a significant benefit to the club.

With reduced overheads and increased hospitality options, we are perfectly placed to improve our finances, leaving us in a stronger position to buy better players.

A London base  is always going to be an attractive feature and the club is well placed to legitimately rival the vast majority of top-flight English teams for players.

The final Upton Park season was tremendous  

The 2015/16 Premier League season was odd with underdogs Leicester City taking the title . The timing was perfect for the Hammers, with the departure from Upton Park in a blaze of glory.

Payet, has left the team and has been transferred back to Marseille. If it was the Payet of 2015/16 (a player who could have rivalled the top ten footballers in the world as listed by 888sport)  the Hammers had lost, it would be a cruel blow, but he was not the same person or player. The response since – with the exception of the Manchester City result  – has been the subject of much discussion.

Will Slaven still be in charge next year?   

There have been some rumours about the future of West Ham boss Slaven Bilić. Further gossip about a possible summer capture of Joe Hart has been dismissed by Bilic

There is too much class and fight in the team to end up in the bottom three in May. Once the first season in the London Stadium is over and done with, West Ham can regroup and push on more effectively in 2017/18.

The move to Stratford was an ambitious one, and  will take time to pay off. On the field, and with a longer-term approach, things are still looking good.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • PopRobson says:

    Not sure what drove the need for this article but a couple of comments from me. Yes, the first half of the season at the LS has been difficult, extremely difficult but I for one am looking forward to the match on Saturday including the LS experience which I have now got to like a lot more. The reduced costs and increased revenue are there for all to see, I recently enquired about hospitality for the Everton game in April (to celebrate a big birthday), my god I only wanted lunch, a drink and good seats – prices in the region of £600 – £700 each! This increase in fortunes must be invested in players now we have ‘our’ stadium. Lastly, will Bilic be around, I bloody well hope so as long as he himself hasn’t had enough after constant speculation about his position this term. COYI

  • Stan The Man says:

    I think Slaven will be with us for at least another two seasons.No one can say with certainty of course but i think he has & will keep the backing of the club and most fans who are totally behind him.He will just have to ignore the fans who wear the I Will Be Critical Of Him rosettes as if they are a badge of honour.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Got to stick with Slav.Ok he has made some errors but i expect there are sections of every clubs fans who feel their manager makes tactical or selection errors sometimes.The ones who want to air their critical views about him are just frustrated armchair managers Stan,they are after his job.I dont know about the rosette wearing ones,i must have missed that 😂

  • Dave says:

    The revenue from hospitality is minimum as the club only take a small percentage of the F&B from Delaware
    That’s maybe why the match by match tickets are extortionate

    You can be wined and dine at the emirates for the West Ham game for about £500, the last time I looked

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