Sam Allardyce says that he is happy at how his West Ham squad have bonded.
Allardyce says that though the team was overhauled when the Hammers were relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2010/11 season, he feels they have “a healthy squad.”
Hammers fans were worried about the appointment of Allardyce 16 months ago, but the manager seems to have won them over after they got back into the Premier League for this season.
The Hammers have done well so far this season, and the club currently sit seventh in the league table.
Allardyce says the squad had to see changes after relegation due to the effects financially of relegation. However, Allardyce has praised how the squad have shown commitment and passion despite the overhaul after relegation.
He said: “The cost-cutting happened because it needed to. There were also a lot of players that didn’t want to stay. So, they moved on. And then as time goes on, you re-emerge.
“I think that in the end some 40 players left and about 26 or 27 came in during my time. At the moment, even with all that, I think we have got a healthy squad.
“Not quite as many as they were the last time they were in the Premier League. But I think it’s a very committed squad and a very passionate squad. They have gelled and bonded together as a team and are committed to the cause, which is to try and win every game that we play.”
West Ham’s next game is at Wigan on Saturday. They will be hoping to repeat the success of last weekend, where they beat Southampton 4-1.
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