Indeed, when asked about West Ham's current success, Hurst said he puts it down to two men: the Sunderland boss and Slaven Bilic.
The World Cup winning former striker is quoted as saying by the Mirror: "I would put it down to Sam Allardyce and Slaven.
"They have bought very good players. Most of them, not all, have adapted to the culture, the lifestyle, the style, the pace of the Premier League. And that has made a huge difference."
It has to be said that several of Allardyce's signings have worked out for the Hammers.
Much of today's team was assembled during the campaign before Bilic's arrival - Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Alex Song and more.
Real quality has been added this season in terms of Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna, Manuel Lanzini and more.
But Big Sam will always be known for laying a backbone for further success at West Ham - even if he certainly wasn't the man to bring that further success. If he can keep Sunderland up this season, the Black Cats could be set for their most stable and prudent summer in recent memory.