Allardyce is set to return to Upton Park for the first time since leaving the club last summer, leading his Sunderland side in what could be a key game in the Black Cats’ bid for survival in the Premier League.
The former Bolton Wanderers boss has received mixed views from the West Ham faithful, although there is no doubt that Allardyce performed a good job in stabilising the club following their relegation.
Commenting on his return to East London, Allardyce looks back on that playoff final win over Blackpool at Wembley as his finest moment and one of the best in his managerial career.
“It was a pretty big task but we made it and looking back, it was one of the biggest achievements of my career. I didn’t realise how difficult it was going to be — but we did it!” he explained to the London Evening Standard.
“It wasn’t the way we would have chosen it but in the end, we went up via the play-offs —and if you win, there is no better way to win promotion. The memories of that day at Wembley are ever-lasting, the noise, the joy on all the faces — it’s something I will never forget.”
After winning promotion, Allardyce then helped West Ham establish themselves as a Premier League club once more and set the way for Slaven Bilic to come in and take the club to the next level.
The Sunderland boss will be hoping to do the same for the Wearside club, although his task of keeping the club afloat from their starting position must be among his most daunting challenges.