West Ham fan and former player, Tony Cottee, says that Newcastle could ‘wallop’ the Hammers if they turn up at St. James’ Park in a less than professional frame of mind.
The former striker destroyed Newcastle’s season within 30 seconds of the start of the first game of the 1988/89 season, going on to score a hat-trick for Everton as Unted lost 4-0 and ended up relegated.
This time he claims that it is not an ideal end of season match (obviously hasn’t seen Newcastle recently…) when there will be ‘50,000 Geordies there with something to play for’.
On the future of Sam Allardyce, Cottee has sent a message to West Ham fans of ‘careful what you wish for’.
Speaking to London24, Tony Cottee;
“I have always said that football is 30 per cent talent and 70 per cent mental. Just look at Gareth Bale at the moment when he has no confidence.
“It is Newcastle on Sunday and it is not the game we would have wanted with 50,000 Geordies there and them with something to play for.”
“If Hull City lose, then Newcastle will be safe, but they will not be looking to rely on that and have to concentrate on getting the result they need on the final day.
“We have to match their concentration on the day. We can’t play it like a testimonial game because we will get walloped.”
D-Day for Sam Allaryce:
“They are not a good team and they are lacking in belief at the moment, so we need to take advantage of that and try and get a result, because it is looking like we (West Ham) might even be as low as 12th this season.
“Next week is likely to be D-Day for Sam Allardyce. It has certainly been an up and down season for him and the team, but all I will say about him staying or going is – be careful what you wish for!”