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Monday 11 December 2017

David Sullivan: Top-four finish 'not impossible' for West Ham this season

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan is dreaming of titles and Champions League football
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan is dreaming of titles and Champions League football

West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan is dreaming of winning the Barclays Premier League and FA Cup double this season.

The Hammers have made a fine start to the campaign under new manager Slaven Bilic and are third in the Premier League after 10 games, just two points off the top.

Sullivan accepts going on to take the title may be a long shot, but that is not preventing him from thinking big.

He told the club's website, www.whufc.com: "We're very, very optimistic. I'm not talking it down. I want to talk it up. I believe it's achievable.

"It's a big myth. I mean look at what's gone wrong with Chelsea - that looked an impossibility - so why shouldn't the opposite happen to us?

"In football, we're here to dream. At the start of the season we were in four competitions and the aim was to win those four.

"Now we're down to two - we've got the big double left - and it's very, very unlikely but not impossible."

West Ham have bold ambitions for the future with the club moving into London's Olympic Stadium next season.

Taking Champions League football to that arena is an obvious future target but, given current form, Sullivan thinks it could be possible from next year.

He said: "If you'd asked at the start of the season I would have said it's impossible this year. 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."

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