David James says West Ham could emulate Manchester City and achieve European success

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West Ham are hoping to qualify for European football in the coming years.

West Ham are set to leave the Boleyn Ground at the end of this season, and David James has told the official club website that Manchester City are the perfect team to show that leaving your spiritual home can lead to more success in the future.

James said: “It will be a sad time for West Ham to leave the Boleyn Ground, but if Man City are a good example of leaving their spiritual home then perhaps West Ham can follow in their footsteps and who knows, there could be European success ahead.”

City left Maine Road at the end of the 2002/03 season, moving to the City of Manchester Stadium, now known at the Etihad.

This move has coincided with new ownership for City, and success on a domestic level, and constent Champions League appearances.

James has suggested that City are proof that moving stadium can lead to future success, and he has claimed that West Ham could follow in their footsteps.

They are leaving the Boleyn Ground to move to the Olympic Stadium at the end of this season, and although they are flirting with European qualification this term, the real ambitions to become a force in Europe are for when they are playing in their new ground.

They will have an increased revenue stream, meaning transfers can be bigger and better, and the potential for growth is massive.

Obviously, it will be hard, but with all the correct moves, West Ham could grow to become one of the forces of English and European football in the coming years.

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