Replacing Allardyce with Bilic was West Ham's best decision in years

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The feel-good factor around the club is now telling ahead of what could be a historic season for West Ham.

West Ham United's owners kept everyone waiting until the last minute before finally confirming Sam Allardyce's departure publicly. But they didn't wait a minute longer than they had to once the 2014/15 season finally ended.

And, just weeks on, the east London side can already look back at it as their best decision in years.

Not because on-pitch success is guaranteed - but because of factors a little more to do with the bigger picture.

Indeed, for all the hard work Allardyce did getting West Ham into the top half of the Premier League for the majority of last season (although they eventually finished 12th), something Hammers fans won't forget, there was so much doom and gloom around Upton Park under the 60-year-old in the second half of last season. Things didn't look like they were going anywhere anytime soon.

But, by agreeing Big Sam's exit, not only did Davids Gold and Sullivan free up the then West Ham boss to seek new challenges or simply live without the stress of football management for a while, they freed up the club to pursue a fresh, original direction.

So far, the feel-good factor around the Boleyn Ground is telling. There is nothing but praise for Slaven Bilic and even Julian Dicks and there is simply excitement when it comes to West Ham's players - and especially new signings.

Whatever happens next season, the Irons are already in a better position than during these last few months when they were merely trudging along. The Hammers have been given a new lease of life and there isn't a face without a smile on it at Upton Park right now.

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