Magnusson hopes dashed
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lord Coe appears to have ruled out West Ham moving to London's Olympic Stadium.
Lord Coe appears to have ruled out the possibility of West Ham moving into London's Olympic Stadium following the 2012 games.
The Hammers' new owner Eggert Magnusson has previously expressed a desire to relocate the club from their Upton Park home to the new venue.
The stadium would likely retain track and field facilities but at the expense of capacity and a 25,000-seater arena would be significantly smaller than Upton Park.
Coe told BBC News24: "We are currently waiting for the final conclusions of a report but we do know that at Games time it will be 80,000 and its legacy will be 25,000. It will have 25,000 seats."
The optimism that accompanied Magnusson's arrival at Upton Park has dissipated in recent weeks following a poor run of form that has entrenched the team in the bottom three.
The Hammers are facing a nervous run in but new loan signing from Sevilla Kepa Blanco, who scored on his debut against Liverpool on Tuesday, believes his goals will help save the team from relegation.
"I've got a taste for playing in the Premier League after the Liverpool game. I am happy about scoring, but I honestly would have preferred not to score and for West Ham to have won the match," said Blanco.
"I believe that this team has a chance of staying up. The key will be the players' mentality.
"We need to forget we're in the relegation zone and play more relaxed, without any nerves.
"Personally I feel good so it's all up to the coach now. I'm getting to know my team-mates well and I believe that the English style of play will fit perfectly with the way I play."