Sullivan - reach for the stars

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 28th October 2015

West Ham United's co-chairman David Sullivan insists that the club should aim to finish in the Champions League positions this season - even if that possibility remains an unlikely proposition.

An excellent start to the season under new manager Slaven Bilic has resulted in West Ham going into November third in the Premier League, above the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

And Sullivan, speaking on the latest edition of the club's 'Hammertime' show insisted that Bilic's squad had the potential to maintain its current form for the rest of the campaign.

"If you'd asked at the start of the season I would have said it's impossible this year," he said. "That said and done, it's not impossible this season. Forget dreaming in the future.

"The unfortunate thing is that if you finish fourth you have to play a qualifying game - and no doubt we'd get a real toughie - like the fourth best team in Spain or Italy!

"Realistically, I'd love [to finish] fourth now and we'd take our chances. I know it's unlikely, but it really is possible. One more win and we'd be top of the table, looking down!

"I'm not sure how clever that would be as it'd really put pressure on people; it's not bad to be two [points] off the lead."

Sullivan: no reason why West Ham can't qualify for the Champions Leaue this season

Despite the current wave of optimism, Sullivan admitted that West Ham - whose unbeaten run in the league stretches back to mid-August - face a huge struggle to maintain their current position in the table.

"Let's not kid ourselves, there's two other teams who've got the same amount of points," he added. "We're just beating them on goal difference so they're queueing up. We've just got to keep winning."

* You may view the full interview with Sullivan and youngest son Jack here.

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