Kenny rages at £35m West Ham reveal
It is not “right at all” that taxpayers will pay £35million in order to fund a shake-up at the home of West Ham.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the revamp at the London Stadium.
The Telegraph reported on 10th July that the taxpayer will foot the £14.5m bill for a seating rejig that will bring supporters closer to pitch.
It is also claimed that £20.5m will be drawn from the public purse in order to fund stewarding at the former Olympic stadium for the next four years.
West Ham moved into the 66,000-seater publicly-owned stadium in 2016 and pay approximately £3m-a-year in rent.
Kenny is not at all impressed that logistical and renovation costs are being passed on to the general public.
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“It doesn’t seem right at all,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“They had to move to Upton Park to get more fans in to maximise the money.
“They can generate and spend more and the rent works well for West Ham because it’s so cheap.
“But because they rent the ground, it’s like if you rent a house, if there’s something wrong with it isn’t you that pays for it.
“But it is the taxpayer that ends up paying it, so it doesn’t seem right.“
West Ham begin their 2021-22 Premier League campaign away to Newcastle United on 15th August.
Eight days later they face Leicester City in their first home match of the new season.