Speaking to the official West Ham website, 146-goal striker Cottee has admitted that Allardyce’s time at the Boleyn Ground has sprung no surprises.
The ex-striker said: “I think Sam did a job up to a point and took the Club as far as he could in that regard. We knew what we were getting when Sam was appointed, so there have been no surprises.
“There have been times when we have played some brilliant football and pulled off some outstanding wins, but there have also been times when we have not caught the eye and have gone through difficult spells of performances and results – take this season as an example!”
That is certainly a frank admission, but one that sums up Allardyce’s tenure as manager very simply.
For all the criticism Allardyce received this season, prior to his departure this summer, he has somewhat exceeded expectations during his time at the club.
Admittedly, his failure to keep the club in the top half of the Premier League table during the second half of this season was poor, but to even have the East London outfit reaching into the Champions League places was a major overachievement. He may have been against the signings of certain players, but when they arrived at the club, he utilised them in a way that benefited both the club, and their personal development.
He has also been criticised for the rather poor football his team played, which is a large reason for his success at establishing clubs in the Premier League. Although he attempted to change that this season, with much success in the opening weeks, he reverted back to his original style to ensure some stability was found.
The club have rightfully decided against renewing Allardyce’s deal, as it is time to process even further in the coming years, but for all the work he has done at the club, the 60-year-old coach should certainly be remembered fondly.