Redknapp: This should be the immediate priority of West Ham's next manager

Harry Redknapp

Former West Ham United boss Harry Redknapp has suggested his old team need to be careful about setting sights too high.

Former West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT what he feels should be his old club’s priority for the immediate future.

Sam Allardyce was not kept on arguably because the club’s board didn’t feel that he had the expertise needed to help the Hammers move forward over the next couple of seasons.

However, Redknapp has suggested that the club may be setting their sights too high and should perhaps focus on remaining a Premier League club ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium.

“West Ham are a mid-table team in the Premier League now, which is decent for them, they’re going into a new stadium and they’ve got to stay in the Premier League. I’m sure they will do that, they’ve got a good group of players,” he said.

West Ham were comfortable in terms of where they finished last season; mid-table and some way clear of the trouble near the bottom three.

Allardyce set himself a very high standard over the first half of the season as West Ham held a position in the top six but slowly the club slid off of the pace and into mid-table obscurity.

Whether the next manager is Slaven Bilic or someone else, it’s fundamental to the club’s future that they stay in the top flight of English football.

If the move to Stratford coincides with the club receiving a share of the latest TV broadcasting cash, significant investments can be made into the team and then the club can start aiming a little bit higher.

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