Lose and I will end stadium bid, says Hearn

LEYTON Orient chairman Barry Hearn has promised to concede defeat in his efforts to take occupancy of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, if he loses the forthcoming judicial review against the decision to name West Ham as the preferred bidder.

The Premier League club’s attempt to take tenancy of the stadium was approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation in December.

But two weeks ago Hearn asked for a judicial review, arguing that he had not being given a chance to discuss a possible groundshare between the two east London clubs, whose current stadiums are situated four miles apart.

However, the 64-year-old admits he will back down in the battle to take residence in the £429m stadium should his latest legal challenge fail.

“If I lose the judicial review then I have got to walk,” said Hearn.

“That’s it, it must stop, I can’t do anything else.

“I have fought a really good fight. I have cost people a lot of money and spent a lot of money myself, but I don’t regret it because I think I am in the right.”