West Ham move into the Olympic Stadium at the end of the coming campaign and Cottee feels the club have a lot going for them as Slaven Bilic adapts to the responsibility of leading the club.
“It’s such an important season for the Club and it’s a really exciting time,” he said.
“We’ve got an excellent young manager in place now and I think we can all look forward to an enjoyable last season at the Boleyn Ground.”
“I was always certain there was going to be a buzz around the place, provided we appointed the right manager, and in my opinion we have done.”
What’s a realistic aim for the Hammers?
West Ham may not have been great under Sam Allardyce over the second half of last season, but they finished comfortably in mid-table.
They should be aiming for the top eight as a minimum, pushing for the European places if they are in a realistic position to do so.
The first target will be 40 point, but the Hammers need to aim their sights higher. The higher the club finishes, the more weight they’ll have in terms of restructuring financial deals in their new home.
Why is it an important season?
As Cottee told the West Ham website, it’s important for West Ham to have a good season.
There is pressure on the Hammers to play some exciting football, which will improve their chances of filling the extra capacity they have at the Olympic Stadium.
Supporters are more likely to keep coming back and getting behind the team if they like the club’s style of football.