Cole is not being kept on by the Hammers for next season, which means when the new manager comes in, he’ll have the difficult task of signing an experienced striker.
Cottee has emphasised what Cole meant to West Ham, praising him for standing by the club when the Hammers suffered relegation into the Championship at the start of this decade.
“We said goodbye to Carlton Cole last week and I have always sung his praises. He has always given 100 per cent,” he said.
“It is important to remember when we were relegated in 2011 he took a pay cut. He has scored some important goals during his time at the club.”
Cole didn’t get the chances that he would have been hoping for at West Ham over the second half of the season, after a move to West Brom fell through last winter.
He may have been hoping that old manager Sam Allardyce was going to give him a chance to rediscover his best form as a West Ham player, but it never arrived and all parties have now moved on.
When West Ham were relegated, it would have been easy for Cole to leave and find a move which would have allowed him to stay in the top flight of English football.
However, he stuck by the club and showed a loyalty and commitment which is refreshing in a world dominated by agents and various third parties trying to get the best possible deal for themselves and the players they represent.