Allardyce ambitious over Premier League
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he is looking "beyond fourth from bottom" ahead of next season's Premier League campaign.
The Hammers won promotion to the top flight via the play-offs following last weekend's 2-1 win over Blackpool and Allardyce is now demanding more from his players as they look to cement their status as a Premier League club. The former Newcastle and Blackburn boss told London 24: "My job will be to try and aim as high as we possibly can in the Premier League. "Let's look beyond fourth from bottom, let's see how far we get. Let's see if we can build it and sustain it from there." Allardyce admitted the 2012-13 campaign will be a tough test for the east Londoners, but that has not dampened his optimism. He said: "As always in the Premier League it is difficult to get results. "There will be times when we get turned over and lose 3-0 or 4-0, in year one that can happen. "But you have to accept it and not let it affect you because at the end of the day whether it is 1-0 or 6-0 you have still only lost three points."