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Q: 2022 Summer Transfer Window - How many 1st team players will we sign before August 6th
a. None as Sullivan will wait until the last week before he gets his scattergun out the cupboard
27%
  
b. A couple of freebies paraded as superstars, usual hype to follow
26%
  
c. I'm more optimistic as surely they know we need to strengthen, 3-4 with decent money spent.
44%
  
d. Who gives a toss as we have a great squad already, I've already ordered the new replica kit, socks and all and can't wait to wear it at our first game, down the pub of course, I bleed claret & blue
3%
  



Any Old Iron 2:12 Sun Jul 11
Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
This is from tonights Telegraph. You have to wonder if anyone ever got the bullet after getting fucked up the arse by Brady. Can't stand the bitch but she played a blinder on this deal.

Taxpayers are to pick up a £35m bill for new seats and stewards at West Ham’s state-owned stadium in east London.

The Exchequer will shell out £14.5m for fresh seating as the club redevelops its West Stand to bring fans close to the pitch. Another £20.5m of public money will go on providing West Ham with stewards over the next four years, according to contracts disclosed by the Government.

Owned by millionaire duo David Gold and David Sullivan and run by Baroness Karren Brady, West Ham pays £2.5m a year to the taxpayer-backed London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for its stadium, under an agreement dubbed the “deal of the century” when it was struck in 2016. LLDC shoulders the costs of the ground.

Initially built for the Olympics, the stadium racked up losses of £450m in the five years to March 2020, according to accounts filed at Companies House.

Converting it for use by West Ham cost taxpayers £323m, rather than the £190m originally estimated. A spokesman for West Ham United said the tender notice for the stand was at the “very early stage of a process examining costings and ideas for improvements”.

They added: “The club is always looking at ideas to enhance the overall matchday experience for our supporters... bringing them closer to the pitch.”

Lyn Garner, LLDC boss, added: “Due to the size of the stadium and its location within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we need enough stewards to keep people safe in the venue and escort them across the public park before and after events.”

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Mex Martillo 4:48 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
I have a feeling the biggest cost to the tax payer is paying LLDC.

Westside 3:22 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Well even if the annual cost of the bowl to the LLDC is 'only' £26 million there is no way that GSB would even contemplate ever taking that on.

The cost for us wouldn't be £26 million a year. £5 million of the costs is LLDC finance costs (we already have our won financing and costs), the costs of moving the moveable seats for athletics wouldn't happen and we would get stadium naming rights and all the matchday income.

Mike Oxsaw 1:24 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
"The fact is that WHU FC will continue to be the only football club heavily subsidised by the taxpayer for years to come."

Don't be at all surprised if UEFA or one of their lackeys use that as an excuse to bar us from European competitions.

I suspect that the club is at long enough arms-length from the subsidies for them not to legally be relevant, but that won't deter some.

Any Old Iron 1:19 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Well even if the annual cost of the bowl to the LLDC is 'only' £26 million there is no way that GSB would even contemplate ever taking that on.
The fact is that WHU FC will continue to be the only football club heavily subsidised by the taxpayer for years to come.

There's your legacy, Coe, Livingstone and Jowell (deceased).

Mike Oxsaw 12:12 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Westside 11:59 Tue Jul 13

I don't disagree - my vested interest in this is quite a powerful pull though and as we came out of this shining of roses in what was hailed, if I recall correctly, the deal of the century by some in government, I'm not complaining.

That someone in government can even consider this a good deal for the taxpayer should be the focus here, but the media are strangely quiet on that angle.

Westside 11:59 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Someone else can work out what the other costs were on a per taxpayer basis.

Regardless of the cost per taxpayer, I'm sure a lot of tax payers would have preferred the accumulated losses of £390 million, been spent on something else.

Mike Oxsaw 11:25 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Losses = about one penny per day per UK tax payer.

Someone else can work out what the other costs were on a per taxpayer basis.

Westside 11:20 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
As OTB says, conversion costs alone accounted for £320m+ of that £450m.

The notion that GSB would need to keep spending £90m every year (or anywhere near that) is just plain wrong.

Correct.

The losses in each of the last two years, have been £26 million (in round numbers) each year.

Mike Oxsaw 10:10 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
The LLDC deciding to look for reasons why the lease could be terminated is tantamount to an admission that a (very senior) Civil Servant and his/her department fucked up on this big time - it doesn't happen.

Coe & co will be protected, whatever the cost to the taxpayer.

Nagel 9:50 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
As OTB says, conversion costs alone accounted for £320m+ of that £450m.

The notion that GSB would need to keep spending £90m every year (or anywhere near that) is just plain wrong.

Kaiser Zoso 9:24 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Any Old Iron 12:18 Tue Jul 13

That's a really good point. West Ham don't have £90m a year to spend on a stadium.

GSB might need to watch their backs closely though, in case the LLDC decide to look for reasons why the lease could be terminated. Maybe that's why West Ham have funded some of the expenses

On The Ball 9:14 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
AOI - won't that include the conversion costs as the bulk amount?

Jasnik 12:52 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
£20.5m of public money will go on providing West Ham with stewards over the next four years

so is that around 5.0m a year .. and we pay half of that?

Any Old Iron 12:18 Tue Jul 13
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
BillyJenningsBoots 5:13 Mon Jul 12

Well you've listed a few very vague reasons why the club might consider taking it on, if offered.

But did you not read the original post. The article stated that the LLDC posted stadium losses of £450 MILLION in five years to 2020. That's losses of £90 MILLION a year.
Do you really think Sullivan and co want to take that on.
I think we know who's talking rubbish.

Mike Oxsaw 6:14 Mon Jul 12
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Taking on the stadium in the current climate would seriously fuck up the club's cash flow.

No matter how many grand ideas you may have about the stadiums profitable future use, if it's current day-to-day running costs soak up all income and then some you may as well pack up and fuck off home now.

The ONLY way the spivs will take it on is if they have a guaranteed buyer for the club - and they ain't exactly beating a path to our door at the moment.

BillyJenningsBoots 5:13 Mon Jul 12
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Any Old Iron 3:25 Sun Jul 11 Said....

But then why would WHU take it off their hands. It's basically costing the club nothing at the moment. So even if they were given the dump for free it would probably cost them somewhere between £10 & £20 mill a year. There's no incentive for the club to change the current arrangement.

What Rubbish!!! Imagine if they gave us the Stadium how that would look a) on the Balance Sheet b) we would be able to take all profits from Match Day c) we could rent it out for Concerts & Events etc and take the fees d) we could put a stop to the Athletic debacle d) we could redefine the Stadium to meet our needs f) any prospective buyer would see us as a much more attractive and lucrative proposition.

Do you need any more reasons !!!

Mex Martillo 4:49 Mon Jul 12
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Don’t LLDC make a lot of money selling crap larger and popcorn?

Mike Oxsaw 7:20 Sun Jul 11
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Be far cheaper to build a dedicated railway station right next to the stadium than it will to keep forking out taxpayers money to pay for stewards. Will keep the filthy unwashed away from the shopping centre, too.

That being said, the government/civil service hates both railways and oiky football fans, so a double no-no on that front

nerd 6:30 Sun Jul 11
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
How much do they make on food and drink sales matchday ,plus the Rental money of all the vendors outside must be a fair amount.

TJD 5:56 Sun Jul 11
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Sebastian fucking Coe, and those repeated assurances that the ground would not be a white elephant and a burden on the tax payer. They couldn't even give the ground away.

Well done whoever haggled for every single possible concession before we agreed to stop it becoming a utter wate of a stadium.

Jaan Kenbrovin 5:04 Sun Jul 11
Re: Taxpayers to pay £20m for West Ham United stewards
Any Old Iron 3:25 Sun Jul 11

This year’s Anniversary games had to be relocated as other events were cancelled, making the reconfiguration costs too expensive for just one event.

Next year could be problematic as well as we have a winter World Cup to squeeze in.

Whilst having no reconfiguration costs saves millions, It’s still only a matter of time before the LLDC run out of money. It’ll never become close to self sufficient.

That said, I can’t ever see Sadiq Khan willing to give the stadium away - his plan is to bid for another London Olympic Games in 2036/40.

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