As the occasion looms, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce insists his side will give a positive performance.
“I don’t know quite how it’s going to be to be honest with you. I suppose that it’s a difficult situation, albeit not for us. We’ll go into the game as professional as ever wanting to try and, if we can, claim three points at Everton.
“In terms of the last home game of David’s reign as Everton manager, it will be an emotional affair for him. But I’m sure, knowing David as well as I do, that he’ll be professional enough and calm enough to control his emotions and do his very best to prepare the team to go and win. So I don’t expect any favours whatsoever.
“I would have thought and hoped from his point of view that the crowd appreciate what he has done and show their appreciation. At the end of the day, it’s an enormous move for him and his career has gone to the next level. For what he has done at Everton over the last eleven years, I don’t think anyone can do anything other than applaud him.”