Spurs will leave White Hart Lane, in Tottenham, says Daniel Levy

Haringey Independent: Spurs will leave Tottenham, says Levy Spurs will leave Tottenham, says Levy

SPURS chairman Daniel Levy has broken the hearts of thousands of Spurs fans after he admitted the club would have to leave White Hart Lane even if they were denied the Olympic stadium.

Speaking publicly on the issue for the first time, Mr Levy said the club's plans to build a 56,000-seat stadium in Tottenham – its home for 126 years – had become financially unviable in the past three months.

The news comes as a bitter blow to Haringey Council, traders, and Tottenham Hotspur supporters who are campaigning to keep the club in the borough.

Mr Levy said: "We would have to go back to the drawing board and that would obviously mean looking at other locations again.

"If one had a choice we would rather be building here. But to compete at the highest level we need a larger stadium and if that means we have to move out of the area I think the fans will back us."

Tottenham MP David Lammy who is leading the charge to keep Spurs in his constituency said the businessman was "throwing his toys out the pram".

Mr Lammy said: "I find it shocking that Daniel Levy is trying to hold North London to ransom by saying 'give me the Olympic Stadium, or else'. He has clearly decided that the club is too posh for Tottenham. That is a disgrace.

"Daniel Levy is treating Spurs fans, Tottenham residents and London taxpayers with contempt."

Spurs were granted planning permission by Haringey Council to redevelop White Hart Lane in October 2010 following two years of negotiations.

The plans had been on the cards for nearly two decades in which time the club has acquired nearly 20 acres of land most of which is now boarded up buildings and derelict industrial sites.

"Daniel Levy didn't complain in October that staying in Tottenham was unviable What has changed in the last three months? If Tottenham was good enough in October, why isn't it good enough now?", Mr Lammy added.

The Northumberland Devlopment Project, in Tottenham, will cost £450 million while knocking down the Olympic stadium in Stratford and rebuilding will cost £250 million.

But the build is still cheaper that similar projects including Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. The club paid more than £60million to honour statutory Section 106 agreements while Spurs are required to pay up to £17 million which would be used to improve transport and some money for schools.

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12:11pm Wed 26 Jan 11

EngNor says...

Financially unviable my behind, all Spurs have to do is use the OS or Wembley until they have completed the NDP, no need to dig up running tracks or flatten a government White Elephant memorial to a dying sport, no need to tie up 35mil of transfer fees laying a running, dog or whatever other track they want at Crystal Palace, WHL stadium is already in place, extend the two sides i.e. East and West stands turning the one into the single tier cop style, it is not uncommon to play to a half full ground while one half is being rebuilt, so we would not have to rent Wembley or the OS Elephant. I feel we cannot trust our owners no more.
Financially unviable my behind, all Spurs have to do is use the OS or Wembley until they have completed the NDP, no need to dig up running tracks or flatten a government White Elephant memorial to a dying sport, no need to tie up 35mil of transfer fees laying a running, dog or whatever other track they want at Crystal Palace, WHL stadium is already in place, extend the two sides i.e. East and West stands turning the one into the single tier cop style, it is not uncommon to play to a half full ground while one half is being rebuilt, so we would not have to rent Wembley or the OS Elephant. I feel we cannot trust our owners no more. EngNor

8:59pm Sat 29 Jan 11

PAC says...

If the council of Haringey and Enfield want Tottenham Hotspur to stay in Tottenham, like the majority of Spurs supporters want. Then both councils should contribute financially like other councils have helped in other boroughs.
If the council of Haringey and Enfield want Tottenham Hotspur to stay in Tottenham, like the majority of Spurs supporters want. Then both councils should contribute financially like other councils have helped in other boroughs. PAC

12:14pm Tue 1 Feb 11

Zaharrah says...

Sad to hear that Tottenham will leave regardless (although good riddance with that attitude), but I'm hoping that they do not get the Olympic Stadium (and indeed West Ham doesn't either - keep it for athletics as intended).

I'm a local resident and don't particularly like football, but see the value for the local community and businesses. It's been talked about for a while now and apparently White Heart Lane would be redeveloped, regenerated etc etc... but apparently not. All lies as it turns out. Tottenham just not good enough for the bosses is it? Drop the name then and move to another venue - preferably in another county (or country ideally) altogether!
Sad to hear that Tottenham will leave regardless (although good riddance with that attitude), but I'm hoping that they do not get the Olympic Stadium (and indeed West Ham doesn't either - keep it for athletics as intended). I'm a local resident and don't particularly like football, but see the value for the local community and businesses. It's been talked about for a while now and apparently White Heart Lane would be redeveloped, regenerated etc etc... but apparently not. All lies as it turns out. Tottenham just not good enough for the bosses is it? Drop the name then and move to another venue - preferably in another county (or country ideally) altogether! Zaharrah
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