Tottenham must leave White Hart Lane, says Daniel Levy
Levy wants move to new arena regardless of whether Spurs' bid to inherit Olympic Stadium is successful
Chairman Daniel Levy insists Tottenham will leave White Hart Lane even if they fail in their bid to inherit the Olympic Stadium after the London games in 2012.
The Spurs chief believes it is essential the club move to a bigger stadium in order to build upon their progress in recent seasons.
Tottenham are currently wrangling over the future of the Newham arena with West Ham, with the final decision on the future of the stadium now postponed until March.
But Levy has hinted that Tottenham’s future may lie outside of N17 regardless of whether their bid to move into the new ground is successful – and remains confident the club would be able to draw supporters to Stratford despite a cluster of fans having voiced their anger at the proposal.
“I think the problem with the current situation that we are in now at White Hart Lane is that the project is currently not viable so we would have to go back to the drawing board and that would obviously mean looking at other locations again,” said Levy.
“I’m totally confident that we would have no problem selling out a 60,000-seater stadium [at Stratford]. As far as the fans are concerned, I have to say that it is a very, very small group of individuals that are making it clear that whatever happens – even if we couldn’t build a bigger stadium – that they would want us to stay here.”
He added: “There is always going to be competition between London clubs – we are all London clubs – so wherever we are located, there is still going to be rivalry.”
Edmonton MP Andy Love has publicly criticised Spurs’ proposed switch to Stratford and is keen to keep the club located in north London.
He said: “I have been contacted by a lot of constituents who are Spurs fans. None favour a move to east London.
“I hope the Olympic Park Legacy Company will use the extra time they have prescribed themselves to ensure they keep their promise of retaining athletics at Stratford, and, in doing so, ensure many more years of football will be played at White Hart Lane, where Tottenham belongs.”