Clive Allen is underlined the importance of reserve team football as he prepares to go back to Upton Park tonight.
The legendary Spurs striker and current reserve team coach spent two years at West Ham, scoring 17 goals in 36 league starts.
He will now take his new charges to Upton Park for the FA Premier Reserve League encounter.
"I'm really looking forward to it and it's great the game is at Upton Park," said Clive, who has relished the chance to work with both young and more experienced players in his new role.
"That's something that has appealed to me," he added. "The lads are all at varying levels and different stages of their careers.
"All I ask is they give it their best to either force their way back into the first team or make progress in their career.
"Individually it's important to them and there is an opportunity there for everyone. You shouldn't underestimate reserve team games, they are very important and I'll emphasise that to the players."