Former West Ham United player Tony Gale has told Sky Sports News, broadcast on February 25 at 11.30am, that Sam Allardyce deserves a friendly reception when he returns to Upton Park on Saturday.
The appointment of the Croatian has, so far, proven to be a success with the East Londoners just one place off the top five in the Premier League, but Gale feels that Allardyce deserves credit for establishing the club in the top flight.
Gale has predicted that Allardyce, now at Sunderland, won't be remembered fondly after an incident in the aftermath of a 2-1 win over Hull City, where Allardyce responded to boos for his side by cupping his ear in the direction of the fans.
However, the 56-year-old, who played for West Ham between 1984 and 1994, hopes that Allardyce's work at the club gets some recognition when the Black Cats visit on Saturday lunchtime.
Gale said: "He deserves a good reception but I fear he won't get a good reception. It's a shame because he got them up, which was his job, so he did a good job there and in three years afterwards, he gave them Premier League football.
"Towards the end, the relationship got a bit sour and the "hand to ear" incident was not a good thing to do at the time. I hope he gets a good reception because he did his job, but I fear he won't."
Allardyce held a win percentage of 37.6% during his time at West Ham.