David Gold confirms plans for West Ham's new training ground on Twitter

David Gold

West Ham United chief David Gold has been discussing the club's plans for next season.

The Hammers have made huge progress this season under new manager Slaven Bilic and have launched a genuine challenge for the Champions League places.

Off the field it is exciting times too with the move to the 60,000 Olympic Stadium on horizon this summer which will propel the club on to bigger and better things.

The East Londoners have been reaping the benefits of a new transfer policy in recent years headed up by talent spotter Tony Henry.

It has brought the club great success in the transfer market with the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet just some of excellent individuals snared by the Hammers.

Injuries have held Hammers back once again

One thing the Hammers continue to suffer with year after year, though, is injuries.

Even this season a glut of injuries to no less than seven key first team players at the same time at the beginning of winter has arguably cost the club a place in the Champions League.

All teams suffer with injuries during the course of a season but some of West Ham's injuries can be traced back to their outdated Chadwell Heath training ground, a fact bemoaned by Bilic earlier this season - as reported by the likes of Guardian at the time.

Bilic reacted to West Ham's injury crisis earlier this season by accelerating their move to a new training ground, with a spate of muscle problems being blamed on the “rock-hard” pitches at their historic Chadwell Heath base.

"It was good enough for Bobby Moore," is said to be the famous response to players who dared moan about the quality of the facilities over the years.

Hammers in a Rush to move training grounds

But in reality the club clearly felt it was no longer good enough and now David Gold has confirmed West Ham's training ground plans for next season on social networking site Twitter.

Gold said: "Our plan is to move into new facilities at Rush Green.

"The first team is still training at Chadwell Heath and will move to Rush Green next season."

When questioned about why the Hammers were moving into a training ground which was  less than half the size of rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Gold responded:

"Yes, but Rush Green will only be used by the first team."

So there you have it, the club moves to the Olympic Stadium in the summer and the first team squad will move to Rush Green at the same time as West Ham look to push on and continue to challenge the Premier League elite.

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