It has been announced that Oxford United are looking at potential sites for a new stadium.
The League One club’s new chairman Sumrith ‘Tiger’ Thanakarnjanasuth and ground owner Firoz Kassam have had a fraught relationship as well as disagreements meaning the U’s are left with no choice but to look at alternative venues to play their home matches.
Oxford have played at their three-sided ground since 2001 after being at the much-loved Manor Ground since 1925.
The club say that potential sites for a new stadium have been identified.
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The article from the club read: “Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and Oxford United have released the following statement:
The leaders and senior officers of County Council and City Council have held discussions with the Directors of Oxford United about their search for alternative sites for a potential new stadium. Both Councils value Oxford United as important to the residents of Oxford City and Oxfordshire.
Any future move would not be a short term process and would be subject to the normal planning requirements. However, there is a shared commitment to ensure that Oxfordshire has a multi-use sporting venue that we are all proud to be associated with.
Oxford United have identified potential sites and has appointed a planning consultant in order to progress its ambition.”
Recently Tiger told fans at a forum: “We have a few problems between the stadium company and our club.
“There’s an agreement made over 10 years ago between us and the landlord.
“Three years ago, Darryl Eales questioned it and why we were paying for things that were not in the document.
“The thing has become more and more difficult, the relationship has become worse.
He went on to say that Tiger and managing director Niall McWilliams tried to meet with Kassam to try to compromise but were treated poorly by the stadium company and that rent had gone up from half a million to £1m.
Manager Karl Robinson, who is pressured by fans to resign or get the sack, has said: “honestly, we hate playing there, it doesn’t feel like home.”
Since the news came out, Oxford fans were left slightly disappointed with the statement, some gave some suggestions for their new stadium when talks become more real – check those tweets out on the next page.