Hammers legend lauds 'great' Allardyce appointment

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Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee believes Sam Allardyce is the right man to lead the club to promotion this season.

The club legend, who now works for SkySports as a pundit, claims that Allardyce was one of two stand-out candidates for the job at the Boelyn Ground alongside former Aston Villa chief Martin O'Neill.

After the debacle surrounding the attempted appointment of the Irishman back in January, it was always unlikely that O'Neill would step into the Hammers hot seat and Cottee has given his full support to the new man in charge.

"I think Sam is a good appointment. My own personal opinion was that I wanted either Martin O'Neill or Sam Allardyce - I felt those two were the standout candidates. There were some other good managers who were mentioned along the way, but I'm pleased that Sam has got it," Cottee told West Ham United TV online.

"I'm not going to stand here and say that Sam is my best mate and I know him really well, but whenever I've come across Sam he has been really friendly and said 'Hello' and hopefully I'll spend a little bit of time with him as the season goes on.

"I think it is a great appointment for the club. There is obviously a lot of work to be done, which we all know. There's no point in me going on about last season because it's over and done with and we all know how bad it was - it was a horrendous season for everyone involved at the club."


Question marks have been raised in some quarters by fans who fear that the style of football under Allardyce will not fit in with the east London clubs history and tradition, but, as a fan, Cottee has confidence in what 'Big Sam' will do for the Hammers.

"I always say that I'm a fan first and foremost, I'm not a player. I'm a fan and I want what's best for the club and I honestly believe that, in the appointment of Sam Allardyce, we've given ourselves a real chance," the 1985/86 Hammer of the Year continued.

"We've got what you would call a Premier League manager to manage a Championship club and he's a no-nonsense manager. He won't take any shortcomings from any of the players and I think that is probably what's needed. It's important that the players, whoever does stay at the club, show the right attitude and application because the Championship is a really tough league.

"The first thing you need is a good manager to work with the quality that we've got here and I'm sure he'll bring in a few more. It's a great appointment, it really is."

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