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I’d swap good league position for West Ham Wembley appearance, says Allardyce

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 November 2013

Sam Allardyce hopes to return to Wembley, where he led West Ham to play-off glory last May. Pic by Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Sam Allardyce hopes to return to Wembley, where he led West Ham to play-off glory last May. Pic by Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce would sacrifice a good league position for a place in the Capital One Cup Final – as long as the Hammers don’t get relegated.

They are two rounds from Wembley ahead of a mouthwatering quarter-final clash at rivals Tottenham next month and Allardyce thinks it is an ambition for all managers and players to walk out at the home of football.

The Hammers have not appeared in a major cup final at Wembley since losing to Liverpool in the 1981 League Cup final although they did win promotion to the top flight there in May 2012.

He said: “As long as we stay in the Premier League I would take a final over a good league position.

“At the end of your career you want to have memories, and you don’t get many chances to go to Wembley.

“We will make some changes for the game against Tottenham – the cup run is really testing the strength of our squad – but I’m sure Andre (Villas-Boas) will too.

“They’ve got a much bigger squad than us so they should be able to cope better with being in multiple competitions. The pressure’s more on them.”


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