Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pardew's Praise for His Ally Dailly; West Ham's Boss Says He Survived the Tough Times at the Club Thanks to the Support of His Former Captain Christian Dailly, Reports Ken Dyer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pardew's Praise for His Ally Dailly; West Ham's Boss Says He Survived the Tough Times at the Club Thanks to the Support of His Former Captain Christian Dailly, Reports Ken Dyer

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Byline: KEN DYER

WITH his West Ham side through to the fifth round of the FA Cup and in a healthy position in the Premiership, manager Alan Pardew could point to any number of plus points this season.

Today though, as he began his team's preparation for Wednesday's London derby at Arsenal, Pardew singled out one player above all others for his attitude and loyalty.

The West Ham manager even went as far as revealing that, without Christian Dailly's support in those early troubled times at Upton Park, someone else would have been in charge by now.

Former captain Dailly's opportunities have been limited but the departure of Tomas Repka meant the Scottish international defender came in at right-back for the 4-2 win over Blackburn.

"The crowd get a bit edgy about Christian and I don't know why because he's been terrific for me," said Pardew.

"In fact I don't think I would be here now if it wasn't for Christian Dailly. When I came here he was my biggest ally.

"Our fans are testing. They've tested me at times but you grow with it.

"Christian is Mr Resilient. He will take the criticism all day long but he's an example for every young player.

Dailly knows he will be back on the sidelines at Highbury on Wednesday because he is suspended but said today: "I'm really disappointed to be missing the game but I will go on and help as much as I can.

"The manager has told me he wants to bring someone in so I know the score but I will keep myself ready.

"I've always supported him. As the captain when he came I tried everything I knew to help get his ideas across to the rest of the players.

"He's had some tough times but if you look at the personnel here now to when he came, it's a terrific number of changes.

"When you make that sort of change there has to be a transitional period especially with the young players we have. …

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