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Allardyce reflects on 'fantastic years' at West Ham

Filed: Thursday, 12th January 2017
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce makes his very first trip to the Olympic Stadium this weekend with new club Crystal Palace.

And the former West Ham boss, who led the club from the Championship to the Premier League before leaving in 2014 revealed that he will always retain fond memories of his time at the Boleyn Ground.

“The past is something I don’t reflect on very often because the future is the most important thing," he said, "but I had four very enjoyable years at West Ham.

"One of the reasons I am back here is not just for the football club but also because it brings me back to London, which I really enjoyed during my time at that club.

"It means I have lifestyle satisfaction with where I am living and also the club I am looking after now in the Premier League.

“I am looking forward to the game and seeing the new stadium so it will be interesting to have a look behind the scenes there, but most importantly it is the result I am looking for."

Big Sam, who has spent time at both Sunderland and England since leaving West Ham also revealed that he expects to receive a reasonably warm welcome upon his first visit to the Stratford stadium.

"The reception I got last season [at the Boleyn] when I went back with Sunderland was fine and it wasn’t a problem for me or the fans," he recalled, "but I expect the reception won't be too clever if we start winning!"

And despite having seen West Ham, along with his new club, struggle to find their rhythm in the opening half of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign Allardyce predicted a rosier future for his former club.

"It's par for the course for any club that goes into a new stadium," he added. "Getting used to the different surroundings for all involved is a difficult one.

"Every team that has moved to a new stadium always seems to struggle, I remember Phil Brown telling me Bolton had a similar issue when they moved to the Reebok.

"I am sure though, that with the squad and management West Ham have got, that they will overcome that - but hopefully not on Saturday."

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