Why Allardyce believes West Ham in 14/15 was best season of his career

Sam Allardyce

As he embarks on a new challenge at Sunderland, former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is proud of his transfer record with West Ham.

New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce may have seen his final season at West Ham end on a sour note, but it is a campaign he is proud of.

Allardyce was dismissed as Hammers manager just minutes after the last game of 2014/15 after a poor run of form which saw the club slip to a bottom half finish.

He feels that his achievements in the transfer market were the best of his career, and gave him the most satisfaction, praising the West Ham board for getting behind him.

He told The Guardian: "At West Ham it all boiled down to me recruiting better and better each year. The owners backed me to sign the players and we made fewer and fewer mistakes over time.

"The last year at West Ham was the best of my life in terms of my recruitment."

If judged on success and fan approval then the season was not successful, but West Ham are still benefiting from players he signed last summer.

The best addition was bargain Metz forward Diafra Sakho, who finished as the club's top scorer with 10 Premier League goals. 

Enner Valencia was more expensive and did not have quite the same success, but Aaron Cresswell, signed for just £2 million from Ipswich, proved a real bargain. He established himself as one of the league's best left-backs, and had it not been for Roy Hodgson's West Ham blind spot, he would be an England international by now.

Alex Song was a good signing on loan, for the first half of the season at least, but did enough to earn another season at the club, while fans are still waiting to see if Diego Poyet and Doneil Henry pan out to be good enough.

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