Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce is finally getting the praise which he deserves for his managerial ability.
Allardyce has guided the Hammers into the top-four after a brilliant start to the season and has been widely praised for the job he has done at Upton Park.
It is quite a transformation of opinions from last season, when a number of supporters of the club were desperate for him to be sacked, and Scholes feels that it was about time that Allardyce has got this credit.
"Sam Allardyce seems to be getting the credit he deserves at last with another excellent result for West Ham last weekend," he wrote in the Standard.
"I have played against Allardyce’s teams many times and knocking the ball long has always been one of their options but by no means the only one.
"He has always been receptive to changes in football and introducing innovations. I have no doubt that if he was at one of the big clubs, he would be just as comfortable coaching them to play good football."
The main criticism which was directed at Allardyce previously was for his uninspiring style of football, which appeared a back-to-basics approach.
West Ham have always been associated with passing football, but Allardyce's style was far more direct than the supporters at Upton Park had been used to and many felt that the lack of entertainment provided was a major issue.
However, this year they have been one of the most stylish teams in the Premier League and their new-found attacking approach has helped them hugely.
This weekend they face Stoke City at the Britannia in what looks a further test of their credentials, but they will go into the game full of confidence and be hopeful of taking the three points.