Despite securing Premier League status and on course for a top 10 finish, West Ham manager’s future at the club is still uncertain – which means Saturday’s trip to Loftus Road against relegation burdened QPR becomes pivotal.
In man who stands in the way of an east London win is Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green. Green represented the Irons between 2006-2012 and he became a firm fans’ favourite – accumulating 219 appearances.
Manager Sam Allardyce holds the former England No.1 in high regard and regrets his departure.
Allaryce said: “It wasn’t that Rob Green didn’t want to stay – he did but we couldn’t match his financial demand. QPR did and after a difficult time, he’s shone through again.
"He’s a dedicated goalkeeper and works tirelessly on his game. He’s got a huge amount of experience now and hopefully – not on Saturday – will play a part in helping QPR stay up.
“Robert had an unfortunate England career and he made a mistake that has haunted him for a while. If he’s overcome that and the experience he’s gained has made him a much better goalkeeper. I think he can rival Joe Hart.”
Allardyce said there were parallels between West Ham and Chris Ramsey’s QPR.
“They’ve been a bit like us – not enough clean sheets,” said Allardyce.
“Rob Green has had too many saves to make. I remember going to [manage] Blackburn and Paul Robinson – who was England’s No.1 at the time – telling me how he had to deal with 28 attempts at goal every week.
"My first job was to reduce the number of attempts at goal. It doesn’t matter how good the goalkeeper is – they’ll concede if they are peppered with shots.”