West Ham are the sixth Football League club that Sam Allardyce has managed and the 56-year-old is generally regarded as being a successful manager during his career, especially at Bolton Wanderers where he was in charge for eight seasons.
Allardyce surprised many by dropping down to the Championship to manage West Ham this summer, although the former Newcastle and Blackburn boss claims that the Hammers’ status in the English second flight is likely to be short-lived.
“I’ve taken a risk by losing my Premier League status, which I’d built up over 10 years,” he said. “I don’t want to spend too long in the Championship. Without sounding too arrogant, my experience and expertise as a manager is trying to bring clubs together and get a team spirit and togetherness, to get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.”
Kevin Nolan and Abdoulaye Faye have arrived at Upton Park this summer and Allardyce is now focused on trying to keep Robert Green and Scott Parker at the club.
“At Bolton only two of my seven years were about survival so I shouldn’t be tagged as a ‘survival manager’. I’m a productive manager who breeds success. I’ve got a vast array of skills and I’ll put them to work here and hopefully at the end of the year we’ll all be blowing bubbles.”