Sam Allardyce made a big claim when speaking on talkSPORT today, suggesting that West Ham are where they are because of him.
The Hammers are currently struggling in the league, but they are an established top flight side with ambitions to finish inside the top seven at the start of every campaign.
There are calls for Manuel Pellegrini to be sacked, however. The Chilean seems to have lost the dressing room at the London Stadium, and he’s out of ideas.
Allardyce knows all about being moved on from West Ham.
He left the east London club in the summer of 2015, having spent four years in charge of the Hammers.
The former Newcastle and Bolton boss guided West Ham to promotion from the Championship during his first season in charge, and they then finished 10th, 13th and 12th before Big Sam was moved on.
And Allardyce took full credit for where the Hammers are now.
The 65-year-old told talkSPORT (Monday November 25th, 07:42 am):
“I’m going to blow my own trumpet now. I think West Ham are where they are now because of me. I got them back in the Premier League at the first attempt. And they’ve built from there.”
Now that really is a big claim from Allardyce.
The football that he played whilst in charge at Upton Park was truly abysmal. And who’s to say that any other manager would not have guided West Ham straight back to the Premier League in 2012?
He was never a popular figure in east London. And his comments today will make him even more unpopular.