Stadium move would be 'dream come true'

By Giles Broadbent on August 8, 2012 12:55 PM |

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has said that a move into the Olympic Stadium would be a "dream come true".

As the club prepares for its first season back in the Premier League, Allardyce said the prospect of a move to Stratford, scene of Team GB's golden triumphs, would be an inspiration.

West Ham in contention with a number of other bidders to take over the athletics arena and a decision is likely later this year.

Allardyce told the club's website: "It would be a dream come true. Everyone who is a part of West Ham United knows how much it would benefit the club if we were offered the chance.

"We've all seen the atmosphere, the surroundings, the walk up and it would take this club to another level if our bid is accepted."

Big Sam is an avid follower of all sport and has been inspired by Team GB's efforts, in particular cyclist Bradley Wiggins and rower Mark Hunter.

He said: "The Bradley Wiggins story is a great one. You can physically see the difference between this Tour de France and the previous one.

"He managed to lose three or four kilos so his body could stand the endurance at a lighter weight on the mountain climbs of the tour.

"That takes huge dedication and is the kind of commitment our lads need to show in order to gain that extra advantage."

Allardyce hopes that efforts of Mark Hunter - rower and Irons fan - in securing a silver medal will act as motivation for his players.

"His training can be very lonely and pretty boring, but he still motivates himself to achieve his goal.

"We have to do the same and make sure we don't become complacent, ensuring we get the maximum out of every training session."