Since being appointment as the new West Ham boss, Sam Allardyce has done all he can so far to appease apprehensive fans.

Allardyce has long been pigeon-holed, perhaps unfairly, as a manager who adopts direct tactics, which hardly fits with the famed 'West Ham way' of fluid, attacking football.

However, the 56-year-old has an undeniably commendable record of success and, having pulled of arguably the transfer coup of the summer in signing Kevin Nolan, doubters are beginning to warm to the former Bolton supremo.

One former Hammer who feels Allardyce is the ideal man to lead next season's title charge is Martin Allen, who believes the resources are already there at Upton Park for Big Sam.

"What a great manager, a good bloke, a good person," Allen told West Ham TV.

"He knows how to win matches. He has at times been labelled unfairly as direct. He has brought quality players into Bolton over the years and done a terrific job. He is just what West Ham need at the moment.

"I think West Ham will be champions. Sam will deal with it and put his mark right across the whole club.


"The advantage this club has got is that it has got has some fantastic young players that love this club.

"Sam will give them a vision and he will let every person that is playing know how exactly he wants to play.

"Team spirit, unity, organisation and leadership from the manager, with a strong character - that is now what it needs with a relegated club.

"These young players, I am sure with Sam's guidance will grab it by the scruff of the neck and he will bring in some men to join these young players to take it forward, without a shadow of doubt."

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