Premier League club’s vice-chairman on moving to ‘one of the greatest arenas in world football’

first_img1 West Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady has claimed the Olympic Stadium will be “one of the greatest arenas in world football” and admits it is “an absolute necessity” that the club stays in the Premier League.The Hammers are moving to the Olympic Stadium for the start of next season and Brady said in West Ham’s annual report that the new venue will open up “enormous” commercial opportunities – which should see the Hammers close the financial gap on their rivals.West Ham’s annual report revealed a profit after tax of just under £3million for the 2014/15 season. The annual accounts show West Ham’s turnover was £120.7million last season, up from £114.8million, while the wage bill rose £8.8million to £72.7million, 60 per cent of turnover.Brady said there had been a “phenomenal demand” for corporate seats with only 200 of the 3,700 corporate seats in the 54,000-capacity stadium remaining unsold up until last monthIn the annual report written on October 9, Brady said: “Retention of our [Premier League] status in the 2015/16 season is an absolute necessity for the future well-being of the club, as we will be moving to our new home in the 2016/17 season and a new improved broadcast deal will be in place.“The Olympic Stadium offers enormous commercial and brand opportunities and we have a strategy in place to deliver sell-out crowds and enter the stadium with a team that are befitting of such an amazing iconic venue.“As plans take shape it becomes even more apparent that our new home will be one of the greatest arenas in world football and a platform to transform the future of our great club.”Brady said the new roof, retractable seating and turnstiles had all been completed and the dressing rooms nearly finished.The value of the Olympic Stadium move is underlined by the fact that West Ham’s match day revenue was only £20million last season – Manchester United and Arsenal both generate more than £100million while Tottenham, who are also moving stadium, still take around £40million at White Hart Lane.The club’s overall gross debt is £89.1million with £49.2million owed to its shareholders David Sullivan and David Gold. The accounts say interest of 6-7 per cent will not be paid or added to the loans until the loans are repaid – the interest currently stands at £9.3million.The Hammers appear in little danger of failing to be in the top flight next season – they are currently sixth in the Premier League under new manager Slaven Bilic. The Hammers are making good progress ahead of the move next summer, but Brady admits the club cannot afford to be relegated last_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Premier League striker Jason Euell to look ahead to the first round of games in 2016.Jason tells us that this is Arsenal’s title to lose this season… but also thinks the Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham have a great chance.The former Coventry City striker Mick Quinn gives us his three to watch and Alvaro Romeo, talkSPORT’s Spanish Editor, plays the Predictor Game ‘Tom against the World’.last_img

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Nicklas Bendtner pictured with the Ballon d’Or trophy

first_img 10 10 10 10 10 Today is the day FIFA award the Ballon d’Or to the world’s best footballer from 2015 and the shortlist is down to Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.That means one man will be conspicuous by his absence from the stage in Zurich tonight, and we don’t mean Sepp Blatter.Once again, Nicklas Bendtner has missed out on the game’s most prestigious individual award, but rest assured the internet will provide us with entertaining Bendtner/Ballon d’Or jokes and pictures.So allow us to oblige… 10center_img 10 10 10 10 FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy last_img read more

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Agents search homes, offices of Anna Nicole’s doctors

first_imgEight months and 2,300 miles away from where Anna Nicole Smith died of an overdose, California authorities on Friday raided homes and offices of the doctors who prescribed drugs to the former Playboy Playmate. California Department of Justice agents raided the office of Smith’s psychiatrist, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, and the home and office of Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, who prescribed the painkiller methadone to Smith shortly before her death. Authorities did not name the doctors but their attorneys confirmed the searches. Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in February at a Florida hotel. She was 39. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The department began investigating in March because “dangerous drugs … were part of the death of Anna Nicole Smith, and I learned that these were California doctors and California prescriptions,” Attorney General Jerry Brown said at a news conference. “We do know from the public record that there’s someone who’s dead and her body, upon investigation, is full of controlled substances and combinations of drugs that turned out to be illegal,” he said. Searches were carried out in Los Angeles and Orange counties “related to doctors who provided medical treatment or prescribed drugs for Anna Nicole Smith or her associates,” he said. Six locations were raided in Los Angeles County, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Agents have so far reviewed over 100,000 computer images and files, analyzed patient profiles and pharmacy logs, and interviewed witnesses throughout the country and abroad, he said. A call to Eroshevich’s attorney, Gary Lincenberg, was not immediately returned. However, he told KNBC (Channel 4) that the investigation only concerned whether prescriptions to Smith were proper. “This has nothing to do with whether or not Dr. Eroshevich in any way contributed to Anna Nicole Smith’s death,” he said. Ellyn Garafalo, a lawyer for Kapoor, confirmed the doctor’s home and offices were searched but declined to comment further. Howard K. Stern, Smith’s attorney and companion, reportedly was at Eroshevich’s Studio City home when investigators arrived. The psychiatrist had been watching Stern’s dogs while he was away in New York, and he arrived back early Friday, Stern’s attorney Lin Wood told CelebTV.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Collector donates 700 Hawaiian shirts to college

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Anyone can donate money to his favorite college. John McIntire turned over something of greater personal value: his collection of 700 Hawaiian shirts. McIntire, a sculptor, gave the shirts to the Memphis College of Art, where he once worked. He had collected the colorful garments over 50 years, picking them up at yard sales and junk stores, never paying more than $5 apiece. McIntire, 72, wears Hawaiian shirts most days, putting a T-shirt underneath when it’s cold and adding a coat when necessary. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The shirts are just like him,” said Don Dumont, who brought his truck and a student from the college to pick up the shirts. “Hawaiian shirts are fun, relaxing, easygoing, nonthreatening. That’s John.” The college plans to display the shirts for a sale to benefit a scholarship in McIntire’s name. He decided to give the collection away – keeping only four of them – to make room for a studio in his attic. He won’t miss them, he said. “I’ll just go out to yard sales and start collecting them again,” he said.last_img read more

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McCain touts ability to make people mad

first_imgMcCain also challenged his Republican rivals, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who have played up their executive experience. McCain said character matters. “There comes a time when a president can no longer rely on briefing books and PowerPoints, when the experts and advisers have all weighed in, when the sum total of one’s life becomes the foundation from which he or she makes the decisions that determine the course of history,” McCain said. “No other candidate, no other candidate has my experience or the judgment it informs.” McCain said he would take on special interests, reform the tax code and address entitlement programs that are projected to swell in coming years. Clinton, he said, would consolidate power in Washington and raise taxes. “Yes, I’ve made a lot of people angry. But I didn’t go to Washington to win the Mr. Congeniality award. I went there to serve my country,” McCain said. “I might not like the business-as-usual crowd in Washington, and they might not like me. But I love America. I love her enough to make some people angry.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RINDGE, N.H. – Making people mad is a good thing, presidential hopeful John McCain said Sunday in a speech aimed at playing up the Arizona senator’s outsider reputation. “I didn’t seek public office to go along, to get along,” McCain said, trying to remind voters of the “maverick” label that helped him defeat then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in New Hampshire in 2000. “I went to Washington to get something done for the people who sent me there. And since then, I know I’ve made some people angry.” McCain said Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has done everything she can to land on the popular side of most issues. “On the one hand, Senator Clinton says we can’t abandon Iraq to al-Qaida and the influence of Iran. On the other, she wants a firm deadline for withdrawal that would do just that,” McCain said. “Senator Clinton rejected unconditional talks with Iran, but now says she would negotiate with no preconditions.” “I’m the conservative Republican with the best chance of defeating Senator Clinton, or whomever the Democrats nominate, and take on the challenges that confront us,” the Arizona Republican said. “I’m as committed today as when I first put on the uniform of our country to the cause that has been the work of my life: the interests and ideals of our country.” McCain in recent days has urged a respectful debate with Clinton – who he expects the Democratic party to nominate – and challenged his rivals to stop taking cheap shots at the New York senator. He returned to that theme during his Sunday evening speech. “She will be a formidable candidate and while our differences are many and profound, I intend this to be a respectful debate,” McCain said. “Senator Clinton and I disagree over America’s direction, and it is a serious disagreement. But I don’t doubt her ability to lead this country where she thinks it should go.” A Clinton spokeswoman said McCain’s record should give voters pause. “Senator McCain is right: Voters have a clear choice between he and Senator Clinton,” Kathleen Strand said. “He wants to continue Bush’s failed policies, and Hillary Clinton wants to change them. He wants to escalate the war, she will end it; she supports universal health care for every American and he opposes it.” last_img read more

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DONEGAL CENTRE OFFERING ‘ANTI-VALENTINE’ WEEKEND!

first_imgWHILE most people are looking forward to a romantic Valentine’s weekend next week, one Donegal business is making sure singletons are looked after – on an Anti-Valentine break!The Donegal Adventure Centre will be offering a welcome alternative to the couples packages that tend to dominate this weekend.The centre is inviting all single people, with no ‘significant other’ to join them in Bundoran for a great weekend of fun, activity and craic with other singles. The fun begins next Friday evening for check-in and some friendly meet & greet with other arrivals, and on to The Chasin’ Bull pub for some anti-valentines craic, games and pints!On Saturday the day starts with a fun session of rope climbing – followed by an afternoon surfing!Said a spokesman: “It’s a world away from the Valentine’s theme.“The emphasis is on enjoying yourself with your friends, and other people who are not wrapped up in hearts and flowers for the weekend. “On Saturday night, we all meet up in the rock hostel for a glass of wine, and then move on to The Chasin Bull for some live music, more craic and somewhere safe from the dreaded Valentine couple.”And the cost of this weekend, including 2 nights B&B and two activities, all of the above: 99 euro per person sharing.There is limited availability of twin/double rooms, and then rooms are 4-6 bed sharing. Groups of singles welcome, and single individuals very welcome. Dorms offered will be female only and male only sharing. For further information click www.donegaladventurecentre.net or call 071 98 42418.DONEGAL CENTRE OFFERING ‘ANTI-VALENTINE’ WEEKEND! was last modified: February 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Serie A attacker puts Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham on red alert

first_img Franco Vazquez in action for Palermo Franco Vazquez has put Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham on red alert by revealing he wants to leave Palermo.The attacking midfielder was strongly pursued by clubs last summer after finishing the 2014/15 season with the most assists in Serie A.Palermo, however, managed to hold onto the Italy international after holding talks with him and his agent.But now, Vazquez has revealed that he wants to leave because he feels he needs a new challenge.“A cycle has finished, I can’t give Palermo any more than what I’ve given,” Vazquez told Dxt Carlos Paz.“These were three great years, now I need a change of scene and to have new motivations, new objectives, to fight for more important things.“The most beautiful thing was to say goodbye in the best way, achieving what we’d promised with the whole group, and this makes me happy.” 1last_img read more

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VIDEO: Man City target Aubameyang practices slang ahead of rumoured England move

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been practising his English ahead of a rumoured move to the Premier League.However, the striker – who is already well versed in the language – was trying to learn slang words rather than normal speech!The Borussia Dortmund striker is held in extremely high regard, and it has been claimed Manchester City are in talks to bring the 26-year-old to the Premier League.And, he should now fit right in, learning phrases such as ‘you’re such a plonker!’ and ‘been on road with my bredren, init’.You can watch the ridiculous video above…last_img read more

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Ched Evans signs one-year deal with League One side Chesterfield

first_img1 Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United Ched Evans has been offered the chance of a return to football by Sky Bet League One club Chesterfield.The Welsh forward, 27, has signed a 12-month contract with the Spireites, the club have said.Evans will go on trial on October 4 charged with raping a woman in May 2011. He has pleaded not guilty.His last game was for Sheffield United against Leyton Orient on April 14, 2012 in which he scored in a 3-1 win for the Blades at Bramall Lane.Evans was jailed in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman but the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction in April.Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen admitted it is not a decision the club came to lightly.He told the club’s official website: ”We are delighted to have secured the services of an outstanding footballer, who is now keen to get back to work and score goals.”(Manager) Danny Wilson knows Ched very well, having previously managed him at Sheffield United. Chris Morgan, our first team coach, also speaks highly of him from their time together at Bramall Lane.”Chesterfield Football Club have given a great deal of thought to this signing and following the court’s decision, we are in no doubt that Ched Evans should be welcomed back into his profession as a professional footballer.”last_img read more

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