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Positive News On Tottenham’s Wembley Decision As An Extension Of Deadline Could Be On The Cards

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Tottenham Hotspur could be given an extension of deadline to make their decision regarding their move to Wembley next season. Spurs have been given the go by the Brent planning committee to play their home games at Wembley with full capacity of 90,000.

The Lilywhites were given time until the 31st of March to decide whether they were going to play their home games at the national stadium next season.

Now Tottenham are sweating over the decision to move to Wembley next season as they are unsure whether their new stadium would be ready to occupy at the start of 2018/19 season. The Brent Council planning committee has voted for Spurs to play their home games at Wembley, with full capacity. Their application to host 27 matches at the stadium’s full 90,000 capacity was approved.

Though Tottenham are being given an extension to make their decision, they cannot take too long to decide as FA needs to plan for next season. However, the deadline might be extended to April, thus giving some time for Tottenham to decide if the stadium construction would be done on time or not.

It would, however, be an unusual situation if Spurs went into the North London derby against Arsenal on Apr. 30 without knowing whether it was the last meeting between the rivals at the Lane, which has been Spurs’ home since 1899.

Wembley Stadium

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has admitted there is “no margin for error” over the construction schedule of the club’s new 61,000-seater home, adjacent to White Hart Lane, and the club has said it will not move away for more than one season.

They are therefore seeking as much time as possible to make a decision, while Levy has said the club’s Plan B is to delay the move to Wembley and their new stadium for a year. That scheme could pose problems, including a potential clash with Chelsea who would like to use the national stadium for up to three seasons from 2018-19 while Stamford Bridge is developed.

One solution for Tottenham could be to ask the Premier League for some leniency in fixtures, with a run of away games at the start of the 2017/18 season, similar to what Liverpool did when rebuilding Anfield in 2010.

It will be a key decision for Tottenham as it would potentially decide the club’s long term future. After all the efforts, the final hurdle will be a careful one to cross for Spurs.

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