Alan Pardew pays tribute to John Lyall

Alan Pardew has paid tribute to John Lyall following the tragic news of our former manager's death at the age of just 66.

The Hammers boss said: "On behalf of all my staff and players, I first of all wish to pass on my sincere condolences to John's wife Yvonne, his son Murray, his grandchildren and the rest of his family.

"It is another very sad day for West Ham United after the loss of Ron Greenwood just two months ago and, like Ron, John did so much to build the footballing beliefs and values that this Club is built on.

"To win the FA Cup twice and lead the Club to it's highest-ever league finish tells you just how much of an impact John Lyall made on the history of West Ham United, and his contribution will never be forgotten.

"I am sure that our supporters will pay tribute to John's memory in a fitting manner at our FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park on Sunday and we as a team will do the same."