Lou predicts tough trip for Potters

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 7th December 2015

Former West Ham United manager Lou Macari believes Stoke will have their work cut out when they visit the Boleyn Ground this weekend.

Macari, who managed the Hammers for six months between July 1989 and February 1990 went on to manage City - placing him in a fairly unique position. And he believes that West Ham may have rediscovered their mojo following the goalless draw at Old Trafford last weekend against another of his former clubs.

"I was at Old Trafford on Saturday and after watching Man City go down at the Britannia, everyone was wrongly assuming that Man Utd would take advantage by beating West Ham," he told the Sentinel. "I was interested to see what West Ham had to offer because Stoke go there on Saturday.

"In years gone by they've turned up at Old Trafford, got soundly beaten without too much fuss and left you wondering why they bothered to make the journey north. But last Saturday I have to say they seemed to have a bit more about them.

"For long spells they not only did okay against Man Utd, but were the better team. They had chances to sneak a game that deserved to end in a draw at the end of the day. So on this form, you'd expect Stoke to be in for a tough one at Upton Park this coming weekend."

Macari, who was fired by West Ham after being investigated for betting irregularities also admitted that he will be sad to see the Boleyn Ground pulled down at the end of the current season.

"It will be Stoke's last visit to that great stadium and I must admit I find it terribly sad to see such arenas disappearing, just like White Hart Lane in another part of London," he said.

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