The board of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust have issued a statement today expressing concern at the chance of a ground share for a season whilst their new stadium is built, saying the wrong choice could be damaging to the club's identity.
Spurs have been wanting to build a new stadium for several years and finally look set to begin moving towards a new 56,000 seater stadium next to the location of White Hart Lane.
But whilst being a step forward towards their new home, after the government approved a compulsory purchase order allowing building work to begin, the shortest build time for their new home means Spurs will have to leave White Hart Lane, and the new ground won't be ready in time for the start of the 2017/18 season.
That means a possible ground share, with the likes of MK Dons and the new Olympic Stadium being mooted, but the THST fear that the wrong move would have a horrendous effect on their identity.
Board member Martin Cloake issued a statement on behalf of the trust: "The board of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust is understandably concerned to hear the latest announcement from the club regarding delays to the building of a new stadium.
"While we cannot, for obvious reasons, comment on the details of the legal process around the High Court appeal, we find it surprising that negotiations between the club and one business have continued for seven years without resolution.
"While the Trust is pragmatic about the need to move from White Hart Lane for one season, the prospect of moving from north London raises a number of issues for supporters, the local community, and the club's identity.
"Moving away from the area threatens serious damage to the identity of a club which has always played in north London. We would like greater transparency as to why the option of playing at White Hart Lane, the option which would benefit N17 the most, is apparently now no longer available.
A longer stay away from North London is the trust's biggest concern, and Cloake echoed those thoughts, "Our greatest concern is that, once the club moves for one season, it is but a short step towards moving for two seasons, or more."
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