Son of West Ham chief outlines club's ambitious target after Olympic Stadium move

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Jack Sullivan, the son of West Ham co-owner David, has revealed the club's aims after they move to the Olympic Stadium next summer.

The Hammers will leave their 35,000 capacity Boleyn Ground home of 112 years for the 54,000 seater venue down the road in Stratford next summer.

Olympic Park has recently dazzled onlookers and fans attending Rugby World Cup matches hosted at the stadium.

Most West Ham fans have made peace with the fact the club must move on in order to keep pace with the Premier League elite.

And while this season promises to be an emotional one as they wave goodbye to one of English football's most famous grounds, there is also an air of excitement about what the future may hold.

'The idea is to break into the top four'

Now Jack, the teenage son of co-owner David Sullivan, has revealed on Twitter the club is seriously targeting an assault on the Champions League places after the move.

Responding to the question 'What are you hoping our average positions are each season once we move into the Olympic?' on Twitter, Sullivan said: "It's a hard question to answer but the idea is to break into the top four. Only time will tell, maybe (in) three years we can have a real challenge (for a top four place)."

 

Reality check

The club looked like they might be in a position to challenge sooner after making a fantastic start to life under Slaven Bilic this season.

The Hammers were sitting just two points off the Premier League summit after 10 games but a glut of injuries have led to a run of six games without a win.

Bilic's side have dropped to eighth as a result and while they could go as high as fifth with victory over Swansea City this weekend, their realistic hopes of silverware and success come in the cups and with potential European qualification.

To challenge on those fronts consistently West Ham must increase their profile, revenue streams and status.

Olympic Stadium factor already paying off

The fact the club is moving to the Olympic Stadium is already paying off.

Key defenders Winston Reid and James Tomkins and skipper Mark Noble have all signed long-term deals with the Hammers citing the excitement around the move as a contributing factor.

And the likes of Dimitri Payet, Alex Song and Angelo Ogbonna also bought into the fact they would be playing in the last season at such a historical ground before moving to their impressive new home.

Leaving will be emotional, though, of that there is no doubt.

The ground has been graced by the likes of England World Cup winning trio Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, Billy Bonds, Sir Trevor Brooking, Julian Dicks and more recently Paolo Di Canio and Carlos Tevez as well as countless greats from opposing teams over the years.

But if they are challenging for the Champions League in a few years' time, fans will look back at Upton Park as a fond memory safe in the knowledge their big move paid off.

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