Tottenham stadium move must be next season - Stewart

Saturday, November 24th, 2018 8:00am

By Will Beckman @Will_Beckman

Tottenham should give up on inaugurating their new stadium this season and focus on moving in next year, according to their former midfielder Paul Stewart.

Tottenham should give up on inaugurating their new stadium this season and focus on moving in next year, according to their former midfielder Paul Stewart.

Spurs are committed to staying at Wembley for all of their home games until the end of 2018, with manager Mauricio Pochettino telling reporters on Thursday that February was a realistic target for the big move.

However Stewart believes the club should ditch their attempts to inaugurate the stadium before the end of the campaign altogether, in order to give their fans some much-needed clarity over their plans.
 
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t kick a ball there until next season, because nothing definite has been announced in terms of when they’re actually going to move in,” Stewart told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).

“It would be better at this stage for the fans to know that they have to swallow a bitter pill and stay at Wembley for the rest of the season – while also knowing they’ll kick off next year in the new ground – instead of being told the move will happen in February, and then March, and then April…

“I speak to a lot of supporters and they don’t shy away from saying that they hate going to Wembley. They can’t wait to get into the new ground.

“But it would be better now for the club to draw a line under it, make sure they get everything ready for the new season and move forward that way.”

Spurs initially told fans they would open their 60,000-capacity ground in September, but they were forced to delay the move and have continued to send out mixed messages since.

“I think they should perhaps have given the fans a realistic timescale for their project instead of false hope,” Stewart added.

“We all know this new stadium will probably be one of the best in Europe, if not the best, but it keeps getting put off and there are still no definite dates for when they’ll move in.

“I know the fans are mightily disappointed about the situation.”

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