Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Man City

Saturday, 25 October 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Turf Moor

Last Game

Burnley 1 - 3 West Ham

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Orient renew Stadium challenge

Leyton Orient have asked for a judicial review of the process which made West Ham preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium.

Last Updated: 06/03/13 at 15:27 Post Comment

Olympic Stadium: 'Saga set to continue', Barry Hearn says

Olympic Stadium: 'Saga set to continue', Barry Hearn says

The Premier League club's co-owner David Gold said this week he expects the move to be officially confirmed on March 16 - more than three months after the bidding process went West Ham's way.

Orient's chairman Barry Hearn has long argued the decision threatens his club's existence and wants the possibility of a groundshare to be fully considered.

And he told Sky Sports News the London Legacy Development Corporation had breached its own rules by failing to explore that option.

"We believe the bidding process is fundamentally flawed," he said, "and that LLDC have not followed their own rules. All parties involved signed up to the principle of 'teaming' and yet our bid has been turned down without consideration of a groundshare with West Ham.

"Our legal advice is very convinced this is a fundamental flaw, and I'm afraid the saga looks set to continue.

"We believe it's a point of law, but our overriding principle is that we're keen on sharing the stadium simply because if we don't, the additional competition will put Leyton Orient out of business.

"Do we want to share with West Ham? Ideally, we wouldn't like West Ham there to start with. But taking that as a gimme - and I think the Mayor's office have made it clear from day one West Ham are their preferred bidder - we'd like to enter into the teaming process.

"I don't see any harm to West Ham or anyone else to allow a small community club like Leyton Orient to benefit from the Olympic legacy by surviving in the future."

Challenged on whether he would accept compensation from West Ham, Hearn said: "I'm not interested in the money, I'm interested in us having a dream as well. I'm looking for a real legacy, not just a legacy in words where we fall over backwards to help a multi-million pound company like West Ham United."

A statement from the LLDC in response to Orient's decision read: "We believe that our processes have been robust, fair and transparent and that the challenge is misconceived."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

ergie, aren't you supposed to make a beep beep noise when backing up like that?

simonthfc
Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

S

ome of these are quality! Why you no like him F365?? :(

left right out
The, Erm, 'Best' Of Henry James Redknapp

W

e're our own worst enemy. We're suicidal in defence, and we may just get slaughtered on Sunday. Other than that, I am very pleased with my team.

bob the manc
Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

Footer 365

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino coy on Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has denied reports of a rift with star defender Jan Vertonghen.

Olympic Stadium cost soars beyond £600m as LLDC agrees to pay further £35.9m

The London Legacy Development Corporation is to pay a further £35.9m towards the cost of converting the Olympic Stadium.

Liverpool v Real Madrid: Steven Gerrard says Reds must raise their game

Steven Gerrard says Liverpool respect Real Madrid – but won’t let them have things their own way at Anfield.

Mail Box

Do Man City Have A 'Small Mentality'?

That's one claim in the mailbox after Vincent Kompany focused on a few hundred CSKA fans sneaking into the ground instead of City blowing a two-goal lead...

City: Like A Deer Caught In The Headlights

...while Chelsea just live for Champions League nights. That's one view in a mailbox that also includes several happy football fans and looks forward to Michael Carrick's return...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property