Training gallery pre-Cardiff

West Ham United were hard at work on the training pitch on Friday as Sam Allardyce put the finishing touches to preparations for the weekend.

The manager was in the thick of the action for a session that saw everyone in the squad eager to impress. All were hoping to be named in his plans for the visit of Cardiff City on Sunday.

Among them were new recruits Abdoulaye Faye (pictured), Joey O'Brien, Matt Taylor and Kevin Nolan - with all three in line to make their competitive debuts for the club. The England trio of Robert Green, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole also trained.

Return to later on Friday for coverage from Big Sam's first pre-match press conference at the Boleyn on West Ham TV.

Ian Hendon and Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce chats with Ian Hendon during the intensive session


Some of the club's youngsters warmed up with the first team

New signings

Joey O'Brien, Matt Taylor and Kevin Nolan could all make competitive debuts

Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole joins in the stretching exercises

Mark Noble and Scott Parker

Mark Noble and Scott Parker should be midfield mainstays again

Jack Collison

This could be a big year for Jack Collison