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Hearn still keen on Olympic Stadium

Hearn still keen on Olympic Stadium (©PAphotos)
Hearn still keen on Olympic Stadium (©PAphotos).

Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has confirmed his club will look to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium when the new tender process begins.

The League One outfit would even consider a groundshare with West Ham, who say they want to rent the ground after their proposed bid to move in after the 2012 Olympic Games appeared to have collapsed.

"It is a fabulous day for Leyton Orient fans," Hearn told Sky Sports News. "It puts the whole thing back in the public domain as it should be. The system of deliverance was fundamentally flawed and now they have got to go back to the beginning and start again and we will be an interested party in that bidding process."

He added: "West Ham are not a shoo-in, that's very good because they will be competing with a host of other people who have claims on and plans for the Olympic Stadium.

"It's a legacy operation and at last the OPLC (Olympic Park Legacy Company) have finally listened to someone with common sense and said 'we messed it up before, let's not mess it up again'. The whole process starts now.

"I can tell you that I am definitely interested in being part of the tender process.

"If that involves groundshare, we will have to look at the situation and see if it makes sense for everyone.

"But we are a small club and we would be lost in a 60,000-seater.

"Perhaps it makes more sense to go back to the original plan for 25,000 seats which is fine for athletics - perhaps it makes more sense to spend less money on conversion costs and actually get a proper, community-spirited club in there which fits the ethos of what we're talking about, the Olympic Games."

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