An ex London football club owner says West Ham have pulled off the coup of the century even if many Hammers fans don’t agree.
Many West Ham fans were – and remain – unhappy with the London Stadium since the big move to Stratford in 2016.
The major bone of contention has been the distance from the stands to the pitch.
Given what West Ham fans had at their beloved Upton Park and the vision sold to them on leaving the famous Boleyn Ground, it is easy to see why.
Changes have been made to the stands behind both goals to square them off in line with more traditional football stadia.
And earlier this month West Ham announced that redevelopment of the west stand will take place this summer alongside a stadium capacity increase from 60,000 to 62,500.
The Hammers say the work will reduce the gap between the upper and lower tiers.
Dramatically improved performances and results under David Moyes have helped take the focus away from the stadium.
But whether some fans will ever truly feel at home in the former Olympic arena remains to be seen.
Now an ex London football club owner says West Ham pulled off the coup of the century getting the stadium, even if fans don’t agree.
Former Leyton Orient owner Barry Hearn, who went through the courts to stop West Ham being handed the keys to the Stratford ground over his old club, made the claim on the The Price of Football podcast.
“I’m still not happy about (the West Ham deal) because it was complete incompetence from central government and administration,” Hearn said on The Price of Football podcast.
“We had a massive national asset called the Olympic Stadium that was supposed to be given to Leyton Orient but then some idiot suggested we should have athletics there as well, enough about Seb Coe because it really drives me mad every time I think about it.
“Even athletics didn’t want it, unstainable, cloud cuckoo land, come on get a life!
“Then suddenly Boris Johnson and his crew had a great idea that Premier League football was the only thing that would work there and they then proceeded to virtually give the stadium, a taxpayers asset. to a commercial entity.
“I tried to fight it, I spent over one million in legal fees and I lost in the end.
“Good luck to West Ham, good luck to the fans, good luck to the owners for pulling off the coup of the century but don’t ask me as a taxpayer not to be upset about it.”
Don’t worry Barry there are plenty of West Ham fans who are still upset about it too.