West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has talked in glowing terms about the impact Teddy Sheringham has had since he took up a coaching role at the club.
Allardyce has detailed the effect the former striker has had on the Hammers, while praising him for showing the initiative to bite West Ham’s hand off when he was offered a job at Upton Park.
“I liked the fact that Teddy said yes immediately. He really wanted it. He jumped at the chance without thinking about it,” Allardyce told the Daily Mail.
“And he’s been great, working with the players on where to run, where to find the space. Those sort of conversations are very good for a player, and when you’re someone of Teddy’s standing there’s a level of respect. It’s working well.”
The fact Sheringham said yes immediately shows the good feeling he has towards West Ham, how much he cares and how much he wants to try and make a difference for the club he used to represent.
He doesn’t appear to be a coach approaching a job, but a former player trying to give something back with a lot of passion and enthusiasm.
He’s well placed to tell other forwards how to play and attack because of his career with the Hammers, but also because he was a solid striker for England and also played in a very successful Manchester United team.
West Ham’s attack has been successful this season because of the way Allardyce’s men have been able to apply pressure and keep it over their opposition.
The boss feels it’s because of a change in system, which allows the side to keep an extra man up top and control the play from the middle.
“We’ve changed the system, a diamond formation, to suit the players. That enables us to get two up top, but also control midfield,” he added.
The obvious worry or danger with a diamond is a lack of width, but that’s where West Ham’s productive full backs have worked well with the rest of the midfield to create a supply line for the forwards.
Sheringham is one of the most experienced former players currently working at the club and his understanding of various tactical systems should ensure that West Ham stay effective throughout the season, as they aim for at least a top six finish.