Former chairman of West Ham's rivals predicts a seventh placed finish for the club.
Former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Sugar is predicting West Ham to finish in seventh position this season, one place behind his old club.
The Apprentice host predicted his Premier League top six on Twitter last week, with Tottenham bottom of that particular pile.
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Yesterday predicting his 'top nine', he named West Ham, Leicester and Everton as the clubs he expects to follow - with the Hammers finishing above the reigning champions.
My prediction for May 2017— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 8, 2016
1. Man. U.
2. Man city
7. West Ham
Sugar is close friends with West Ham's co-chairmen, and club vice-president Karren Brady, who stars as one of his assistants on The Apprentice.
His projection for West Ham is essentially that they are the 'best of the rest', and about as high as they figure in many a football pundits' rankings.
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Despite predicting Tottenham to finish above the Hammers, his prediction left a number of his fellow Spurs fans criticising his call as negative, but he had a quick rebuttal for this.
realistic is the word . I am the first to say I hope I am wrong https://t.co/QGMwxkGNUp— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 8, 2016
Tottenham finished in third last season and to finish sixth would be seen as a backward step. While the competitive nature of the league is an easy excuse for doing so, it is the implications of finishing outside the top four which have repercussions.
Spurs will believe after last season they can challenge for the title, but they will also know that finishing in the Champions League places is a must.
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