West Ham could achieve a top three finish, says Allen

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 16th October 2019

Former West Ham United and England international Clive Allen believes that the race for Champions League positions is wide open this season.

And as a result Allen, 58, believes that West Ham could potentially gatecrash the party and secure a place in Europe's premier competition for the first time ever.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with KUMB.com ahead of the release of his new autobiography 'Up Front', Allen insisted that bar Liverpool and Manchester City no club can take finishing in the top four this season for granted.

And the former goalscorer - who scored 17 goals for West Ham in 38 appearances between 1992 and 1994 - believes that in Manuel Pellegrini the club have the right man at the helm to take them there.

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Allen in action for West Ham back in 1992

"You've got a very experienced man at the helm there and you've got a lot of talented players," Allen told KUMB. "There's a lot of very talented individuals and it's all about how he's going to harness them.

"You can see collectively, this season in particular, they look to have a positive team spirit - and that's very important. The fine lines and margins are very small but with what he [Pellegrini] has got, I think he's got a very good chance.

"It's a great opportunity this season. When you look at Liverpool and Manchester City they are ahead of the rest - I don't think anyone will argue against that.

"But after that, from third place down, there are opportunities - and West Ham can be amongst that at the end of the season. They're not going to win the Premier League this year, but they can finish third."

Allen's new autobiography, 'Up Front' is released on Thursday

And Allen believes that the vast riches now available to all Premier League clubs as a result of increased annual TV revenue has served to grant clubs of West Ham's stature the chance to compete with clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal - who were once a shoo-in for a top four slot.

"Across the board, the majority of Premier League clubs can pay salaries that attract players from all over the world to play in the Premier League," he added.

"And it's no longer necessarily just Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, for example - as we've seen at West Ham. They want to come and play for clubs that are established in the Premier League - and West Ham are one of those."

* Clive Allen's autobiography, published by deCoubertin Books, is available from Thursday 17 October, priced ?20.

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