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West Ham picture special: Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole model new club suit

Dressed to impress: Big Sam's Hammers undergo a makeover ahead of Spurs clash

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16:56 GMT, 21 November 2012

While Sam Allardyce's brand of football has never been deemed the most fashionable, Barclays Premier League new boys West Ham have looked the part on the pitch so far this season.

And now they look the business off it after the Hammers boss rounded up his high-flying squad to get fitted for the club's new bespoke suits ahead of Sunday's London derby against Spurs.

After coming from behind to secure a hard-earned point against Stoke on Monday night, the Hammers head to White Hart Lane brimming with confidence.

Suited and booted: West Ham are looking sharp as part of the club's new tie-in with Savile Row tailors Apsley

Suited and booted: West Ham are looking sharp as part of the club's new tie-in with Savile Row tailors Apsley

Seventh in the table and two points above Andre Villas-Boas' side, Allardyce is hopeful that his side can end their 13-year-old hoodoo across the capital and celebrate the club's first victory at Tottenham since 1999.

Three points could potentially see the East Enders leapfrog Arsenal and Everton into fifth place this weekend.

Such a lofty position would certainly increase Allardyce's standing among the elite bosses in the country.

Dapper: Andy Carroll will hope his new suit can inspire him to grace the scoresheet on Sunday

Looking good: Allardyce runs over the designs with the tailor

Looking good: Andy Carroll looks sharp as manager Sam Allardyce looks over at the designs

The 58-year-old joked last month that he'd be managing one of the top four clubs by now had his name been Allardici.

Even Carlton Cole admits Big Sam is not up there with the Mancinis of the world… although the Hammers striker is talking about his manager's dress sense!

Allardyce does not feature in the running for the best dressed manager in the league, according to the one-time England international.

Making a Mark: Noble checks out his new threads

Making a Mark: Noble checks out his new threads

'I'd say [Roberto] Mancini is well up there – he's got great fashion sense,' said Cole, speaking to GQ Online at the launch of the club's new partnership with Savile Row tailors, Apsley.

'Alan Pardew and Andre Villas-Boas are definitely up there too.

'I've seen our manager come in with a few outfits… he does make an effort, and I'm quite surprised sometimes, but he's not up there with the Mancinis of the world!

'I've seen him wear a few pairs of jeans that are suspect.'

Tall order: Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen gets measured up for his suit

Tall order: Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen gets measured up for his suit

Manchester City youngster Angus Gunn is made to measure

Goalkeeping the Gunn family trade as Angus looks made to measure for Manchester City

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UPDATED:

11:38 GMT, 11 September 2012


Up-and-coming talent: England Under-17 goalkeeper Angus Gunn

Up-and-coming talent: England Under-17 goalkeeper Angus Gunn

When your dad is a goalkeeping legend who made over 400 league appearances and was capped for his country, you have some pretty big shoes – and gloves – to fill.

But 16-year-old Angus Gunn has no need to worry about that. The up-and-coming Manchester City keeper is already 6ft 5ins and more than 12 stone – and he's still growing.

He's the son of Norwich City stalwart Bryan Gunn, who made 390 league appearances for the Canaries between 1986 and 1998, as well as winning six caps for Scotland.

And it looks as though the Gunn goalkeeping genes are strong, as Angus has already been called up to the England Under-17 squad as well as playing for Manchester City's youth sides.

The Manchester Evening News featured the young Gunn getting fitted up with a bespoke suit after he found all the High Street stores didn't stock his size.

The teenager is still two inches shorter that his dad though and Bryan was on hand to offer his sartorial advice.

Angus said: 'It has been difficult for me in the past to find clothes that are the right length with the right fit as I am tall but slim. So this was a really nice experience for me.'

Gunn Jr was initially following in his father's footsteps at Norwich and made his first start for their Under-18 side in February 2011. A call-up to the England Under-16 team swiftly followed.

There was some controversy when the family relocated to the North West in May 2011 as Man City paid only a fraction of Norwich's asking price for the young player.

The Manchester club paid 250,000, about a quarter of his valuation. But City would have to pay the Canaries some additional royalties should Gunn replace Joe Hart in the first team.

Bryan Gunn, 48, spent much of his professional career at Carrow Road and was part of the team that beat Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup in 1993.

Father's footsteps: Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn in action in 1996

Father's footsteps: Norwich City legend Bryan Gunn in action in 1996

He was twice named the club's Player of the Year and was an inaugural inductee to the club's Hall of Fame.

He was manager of Norwich for eight months in 2009, but the side was relegated below the second tier of English football for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Following a 7-1 home defeat to Colchester United on the opening day of the 2009-2010 League One season, Gunn was sacked as manager.

He now works as a director of talent recruitment at a sports agency with a brief, appropriately enough considering his son's talent, of recruiting promising young footballers.