Pardew expects Teddy show
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham boss Alan Pardew has backed Teddy Sheringham to sine at Spurs.West Ham United manager Alan Pardew has backed Teddy Sheringham to have an impact against former club Tottenham Hotspur.
The former England striker will be handed a rare away start on Sunday, as The Hammers take on London rivals Spurs at White Hart Lane.
The former Reading boss thinks veteran Sheringham will be on his best form after having a fortnight out of action because of the international break.
"This is only the third game he has started away from home, but the international break has helped and he looks in great shape at the moment," Pardew said.
"Knowing the beast, games like this bring out the best in him.
"Looking at Teddy's career down the years, in the big games he comes alive and I'm sure there will be no-one more geed up to win than Teddy."
West Ham are likely to face a couple of former Hammers in striker Jermain Defoe and midfield anchor Michael Carrick on Sunday, with Pardew lamenting the loss of the pair.
Despite those player sales, the Upton Park boss insists West Ham are no position to have to sell, as in previous seasons.
"Jermain and Michael were two fantastic players that we lost for various reasons," he added.
"They are not the best players I have worked with, but were two I desperately didn't want to go.
"I tried whatever I could to persuade them to stay but both wouldn't sign new contracts.
"The financial situation was difficult for us at the time, so we had to lose them.
"Now the chairman doesn't want to sell anybody - and I wanted that assurance.
"We are under no pressure now and I have some young players who would be interesting to other clubs, I'm sure."
Pardew says his club were never close to signing Tottenham's Edgar Davids, despite links to the contrary.
"We did get linked with him but it was difficult because players get thrown at you and you never know how concrete or honest some people are," he said.
"What is happening in the game now is that there are people manoeuvring in the middle who can say they can get players to you, but are not their agents.
"It was one of those in all honestly. It wasn't a direct link.
"I hadn't spoken with Edgar Davids about him coming to West Ham."