Sam Allardyce warned today that West Ham Utd could not afford to be complacent as Egypt hovers on the brink of civil war.
With the club on the eve of the new season he warned that it is now clear to everyone that the crisis in Eqypt will continue to develop.
EPLWire spoke exclusively to Big Sam at his holiday home in Ras-al-Hanout surrounded by watermelons.
There is no magic carpet
“West Ham is a family club built on stability and consensus. We always look to the future as, since Devo (Alan Devonshire) and Hadleigh (Trevor Brooking) the past is very painful place for our people.
“We have just replaced all of the monogrammed West Ham crockery in the catering function suite with new bespoke liveried service sets.
“We have re-designed the menus in all our club food and beverage outlets in partnership with someone who knows Jamie Oliver. We don’t remain in the past. We have a long tradition of peaceful co-existence with our neighbours, The Arse, Tottingham, Millwall, Leyton Orient.
“Although we share the same faith – may football bless us – there are things which threaten to divide us. We have all seen the events over the past months in Egypt, Syria and Tunisia.
“None of us wish to see the worst effects of the Arab Spring spreading to West Ham and beyond. As I always stress to the players, staff and management alike, there is no magic carpet with these things.”
We asked Big Sam what gave him optimism for the future.
He said: “Well, I have to say I’m encouraged. Why? Because only this week we’ve seen the President of Yemen on an official visit to Washington.
“Also encouraging were the moves over the past week to draw a line of separation between religion and a civil state – the statements by the Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani and the King of Saudi-Arabia are particularly revealing.
“There is now a real chance to re-open the dialogue and restart the Middle East peace process. Also, we have completed the signings of Andy Carroll, Adrian and Razvan Rat.”