West Ham co-owner responds to Olympic Stadium deal criticism

West Ham - Upton Park: Boleyn Ground

West Ham United will play at the Olympic Stadium next season.

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has told Talksport that envy and jealousy is behind the criticism aimed at the club ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium next season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently suggested (as reported by the Telegraph) that the Hammers have won the lottery in regards to their stadium move, with the Gunners having to shell out £400 million on the Emirates Stadium.

The Hammers' expenditure on their new stadium pales in comparison, and the financial benefits of making the switch from the Boleyn Ground could now help the East Londoners become a powerhouse in England.

Sullivan, however, feels the criticism is born out of jealousy for the club as he likens it to the deal which saw Manchester City move into the Etihad Stadium following the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

"It is jealousy and envy, which is a British trait," Sullivan explained on Talksport. "They love to pull people down, they love to moan. I think there is jealousy for West Ham. The deal we have done for our stadium mirrors the deal for the Etihad stadium in Manchester. It is a similar deal, that is what it is based on."

West Ham’s move to their new stadium is certainly controversial, especially considering Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur had a bid rejected and now have plans to build a costly new stadium of their own.

But that is ultimately not the fault of the Hammers, and all they can do now is seize the opportunity which has been given to them and turn the club into a consistent top-four challenger in the Premier League.

West Ham have such potential and their future is one of great excitement for the club’s supporters.

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