Allardyce still doesn’t know whether he will be kept on at Upton Park beyond this season, but Cottee clearly feels he deserves a chance to finish the job he’s started with the Hammers.
“I think around Christmas and just after Christmas when we effectively secured our safety, Sam should have been given a contract,” said Cottee.
“I would have given him this season and next season, almost into the first year at the Olympic Stadium because we need stability at the club, we can’t keep changing managers.”
Regardless of Allardyce’s style as a manager and the way he likes his teams to play their football, there can be little doubt over his experience and the long term consistency he offers as the manager of a Premier League team.
The pressure is on him to end the season well, because it will be difficult for the club’s owners to justify a new contract if it’s offered based on the team’s current form.
However, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the manager at the moment and that has knock on effects such as players doubting their future at the club and staff doubting whether they will still have a job next season.
A one-year extension would offer Allardyce the chance to improve the squad again over the summer and to push for Europe by this time next year, with the option of removing him before the club moves into the Olympic Stadium.
It will be interesting to see whether that happens.