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Hammers ''committed'' to Olympic Stadium

West Ham have vowed that relegation from the Premier League will not scupper their plans to move into the Olympic Stadium.

Whatever the impact of demotion on the Hammers' already fragile finances, it will not changes plans to make the £486 million stadium their new home after the London 2012 Games, according to the club.

A spokesman said: ''We remain totally committed to it. Our target is to move there in three football seasons time and we would hope that we would return to the Premier League as soon as possible.

''Our bid (to move into the stadium) was based on several different areas. It was modelled on Premier League, Championship and different scenarios - that has been the case from day one.

''As far as our plans for the Olympic Stadium are concerned, we are continuing at a pace.

''All things are connected but the club will obviously set about rebuilding so that we are in a position to challenge at the highest level in the Championship and get back into the Premier League as soon as possible.

''No doubt we will be doing things in the coming weeks in order to prepare the club to hopefully get back. We just have to get on with it.''

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