Manny's swansong

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 28th October 2011

Manuel Almunia could be in between the sticks for the last time tomorrow when managerless Leicester City provide the opposition at the Boleyn Ground.

The on-loan goalkeeper's short stint as stand-in for the injured Rob Green comes to an end after this weekend's fixture, with the England international pencilled in to return for Tuesday's visit of Bristol City,

Almunia's spell at west Ham has seen Sam Allardyce's side pick up seven points from a possible 12, with United having won twice (1-0 at Brighton in midweek and 4-0 at home to Blackpool), drawn once (2-2 at Crystal Palace) and lost once (0-1 at Southampton) since his arrival.

Meanwhile City, who fired manager Sven Goran Erikkson earlier in the week following an underwhelming start to their 2011/12 Championship campaign have placed Academy Director Jon Rudkin and first team coach Mike Stowell in temporary charge for the game.

"West Ham away is one of the first fixtures you would have looked at so everyone is very much looking forward to it," Rudkin told "It's a great opportunity to go down there with the determination to get a result.

"It will be tough. They've got a number of good players, but we've got some very good attributes ourselves and we'll be looking to maximise that and pose one or two problems for West Ham."

West Ham supporters wishing to attend but currently without a ticket will be able to pay on the door tomorrow, with cash turnstiles operating for the West Upper and Bobby Moore Upper stands.

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