Hands up who was surprised to hear Christian Purslow announce that there’ll be no work done on out new stadium until the end of the Credit Crunch. Anybody with their hands up should put them down now. Not just because you were wrong to be surprised but mainly because you’re a fool sat at a computer with their hand in the air.
Yes, it is disappointing and possibly more annoying than the advert for webuyanycar.com (God I hate that), but is it such a bad thing? Obviously the reason for the delay is because we barely have two pennies to rub together but does putting a project, that is going to cost an estimated £350 million, on hold just make sense?
Personally, I think it’s a good idea. Let’s thinking about it, the stadium is already estimated to cost £350 million and let’s be honest it’s going to go over budget, the Emirates ran £100 million over budget and that was before the recession hit. Speaking of recession, in times of recession things like building materials can cost more and labour will definitely set us back a lot more than anticipated. Keep in mind that we couldn’t find £12 million to sign a Hull player and were subsquently outbid by Sunderland (SUNDERLAND???) where would we find the extra £100 million?
I think it just makes sense to save money in times like these before we end up with something like Wembley Stadium. Yes, it’s a astoundingly beautiful stadium. However, let’s not forget it went horrifically behind schedule and over budget.
While I agree you have to spend money to make money, you still have to be sensible about these things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this as some sort of defence for the Yanks, I want them out as much as everyone. However, I do think this is one of those times when people will be blaming them for the stadium development being suspended. Would Moores come in for the same level of criticism if he was still in charge of the club? I doubt it.