West Ham ace Aaron Cresswell spoke exclusively to the club’s official website after signing a new contract with the Hammers, and shared just how much the east London outfit have evolved since the days of Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce took over as West Ham boss in the summer of 2011. And he remained in charge until May 2015.

He guided the Hammers to promotion from the Championship in his first season at Upton Park.

The former Bolton and Newcastle boss the led West Ham to 10th, 13th and 12th place finishes before he left the club, after his contract was not renewed.

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Sam Allardyce (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for BGC)

Since then, the Hammers have undoubtedly improved as far as the quality of their football is concerned.

Slaven Bilic took over after Allardyce’s exit, before David Moyes took the reins temporarily.

Manuel Pellegrini was then appointed manager in the summer of 2018. And it could be argued that West Ham are playing some of their best football for over a decade.


And Cresswell certainly alluded to that, when speaking exclusively to WHUFC.com:

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Aaron Cresswell (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“Thinking about the year I first joined under Sam Allardyce, to progress the way we have over the past few years. Moving to London Stadium and getting back to the squad we have now. The club is moving in the right direction. And to be a part of that over the next few years is a proud feeling, and one I’m looking forward to.”

West Ham are a different side under Pellegrini

Allardyce brought Cresswell to east London from Ipswich Town, so the left-back must be grateful to the former England boss for giving him an opportunity to play in the Premier League.

The Liverpool-born left-back has undoubtedly improved his all-around game under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini, however. And he certainly has more licence to get forward and attack under the Chilean.

In fact, the football that the Hammers play now really is chalk and cheese from what was under display under Allardyce’s tenure.

Cresswell has been rewarded for his fine form. He penned a new deal with West Ham a couple of days ago – one that runs until the summer of 2023.

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