Sam Allardyce has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur should delay the possibility of moving into their new stadium this season or potentially risk harming their impressive start to the campaign.
Tottenham confirmed earlier this week that the Premier League visit of Manchester United on January 13th would now be held at Wembley Stadium and they would look to update supporters further during the second week of the New Year.
The stadium was originally scheduled to open for the match against Liverpool on September 15th only for issues with critical safety systems to see the fixture moved to the national stadium.
The club must first hold two test events at their new home before they are awarded a safety certificate, with February being mentioned as a potential official opening date.
Allardyce, however, has suggested that if he was the manager of Spurs he would be speaking to chairman Daniel Levy to postpone the move until the start of the 2019/2020 campaign not to disturb the current momentum the team are showing.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Allardyce said: “If I was Mauricio, and I’m not, I would say to [chairman] Daniel Levy: ‘I do not want to move from Wembley until next season’.
“You walk straight into another new stadium, and while it’s on the same piece of land it’s all brand new, so the familiarity is missing.
“Spurs suffered badly when they started playing at Wembley, but now they’ve come to terms with it and are playing much better.
“If they go back to Tottenham they face the same problem with the surroundings again and they could well suffer heavily just because of that.
“I think Mauricio has to be strong and say to Daniel Levy: ‘I want to stay at Wembley. The team is going well and you didn’t buy me any players in the summer, so please allow me to’.
“Personally I think it’s a bad move.
“Any club that has moved into a new stadium, West Ham moving into the London Stadium had the same problems, Bolton had the same problems when they moved into the Reebok.
“It’s a big decision in terms of the players.”
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