West Ham United fans have not taken to their new London Stadium home while bitter rivals Tottenham are set to move into their own purpose built 62,000 seater ground on the same site as White Hart Lane next season.
The rival London clubs were involved in a long-running and unsavoury battle for the right to move into the former Olympic Stadium with the Hammers eventually winning the bid to become anchor tenants.
The move has been dogged by one controversy after another ever since and things came to a head during West Ham's recent 3-0 home defeat to Burnley when supporters took to the pitch in protest at the running of the club and what they feel are broken promises over the stadium move.
Those West Ham fans are looking on enviously at Spurs as they spend a season enjoying Wembley before moving into their fantastic new home ground.
But according to unpopular co-owner David Sullivan West Ham supporters should be grateful they did not miss out on the London Stadium to Spurs.
Speaking to the West Ham United Independent Supporters Association in a meeting following the protests during the Burnley game, Sullivan risked the wrath of supporters by suggesting they should be grateful Spurs did not beat them to the stadium.
In minutes - which were corroborated by Sullivan in the interests of fairness - sent to members following the meeting on Tuesday (March 20th), he said Tottenham were "gutted" to miss out on moving to Stratford.
"(David Sullivan) did elaborate on some points including a desire to move the seats closer to the pitch but was aware that the Sports Grounds Safety Authority Green Guide advises that it is not considered good to have seats that are exposed to the elements," the minutes read.
"It was agreed that the stadium has generated a good atmosphere at times. David Sullivan raised that Spurs were close to securing the stadium. (It was) pointed out this was seen as many as a bargaining chip used by Tottenham with Haringey Council but David Sullivan said that Spurs were “gutted” not to secure the stadium.
"He added had we not won the bid for the OS, it would have been Spurs. The thought of having Spurs in our Borough, with a new stadium, just two miles from Upton Park was unthinkable to the board. I still believe it was the correct decision to move, please be the judge in 10 years. There really is no going back and we have to make it work."
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