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Brady: West Ham stadium plans secure

May 11, 2011
By ESPN staff

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady insists that relegation will not scupper plans to take over the Olympic Stadium despite the negative impact demotion is likely to have on the club's already fragile finances.

The future of the Olympic Stadium has been the subject of intense debate
GettyImagesThe future of the Olympic Stadium has been the subject of intense debate

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The Hammers beat Tottenham in the bid to take ownership of the stadium in Stratford following the London 2012 games.

But the club are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety with two matches remaining, and are bracing themselves for life in the Championship next season.

Co-owner David Sullivan recently admitted the club were in a "worse financial position than any other in the country" and claimed that relegation would personally cost him and David Gold £40 million, but Brady insists the club remain fully committed to the new stadium.

"It is important to reiterate our commitment, financial or otherwise, to the stadium move," Brady said. "We are totally committed to the move to the Olympic Stadium.

"We have always said the move is not solely dependent on our league status. Whatever division we are in, David Sullivan and David Gold have guaranteed the club will meet all its financial commitments."