Scott Parker believes Sam Allardyce is the ideal man to lead West Ham back to the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking.

'Big Sam' was appointed by the Hammers last week and has been tasked with securing an instant return to the top-flight - something Parker feels the former Blackburn boss is more than capable of achieving.

"I think his credentials speak for themselves," said the West Ham talisman.

"It's obviously a big signing for the club and a very good one. I'm sure the manager will do very well."

However, despite Parker's seal of approval for Allardyce, the 30-year-old's own future at the Boleyn Ground remains unclear.

It is unlikely there will be a shortage of suitors for the midfielder this summer after his performances last season led to Parker being named the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year.


Parker also retains England ambitions and feels playing in the npower Championship could potentially dent his chances of nailing down a regular spot in Fabio Capello's side.

With this in mind, Parker has revealed he will hold crunch talks with Allardyce upon his return from holiday.

When asked if he wants to stay in the top-flight, Parker said:"Oh yeah, for sure,

"That's where everyone wants to play, in the Premier League, and I'm no different.

"I'm sure [Allardyce] will give me a call and we'll go through things."

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