Slaven Bilic finds himself in a situation like few Hammers managers before him!
He and the team stand one point behind the North London team with the Champions League looking more possible than at any stage so far this season.
But don’t expect him to talk it up although he happily declares: “All I can say is we’re not afraid of that and we’re going to do everything to win every game until the end of the season.”
How many times before has an Irons boss been able to not only say such a thing but have the fans believing it may actually be possible!
Asked if Champions League qualification is on he added:“I’ve no problem saying that but we’re not thinking that way. The league is so tight, I would say definitely we have a chance of getting there.
“If you ask me whether we are thinking about it realistically and starting to be a little bit big-headed about the Champions League, no, we are not.
“We know that we are West Ham and enjoying the season and we are respecting every opponent we play without being afraid of them – and that’s it.”
What a difference…what an amazing difference to the rubbish managerial quotes we’ve had to suffer in the past – bring it on.