Big Sam blows trumpet
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has talked up his own managerial ability following his side's play-off final win over Blackpool.
Ricardo Vaz Te's 87th minute winner saw the Hammers beat a resilient Blackpool side 2-1 to take home football's biggest prize - a £90million return to the Premier League.
Speaking after the match, Allardyce believes he has now reinstalled his status as one of the game's top managers.
He told the Daily Mail: "I was considered to be at the top of my industry when I was at Bolton.
"They were fifth when I left and having suffered two sackings, which were harsh to say the least, it damaged my reputation and people didn't consider me to be as good as I was. But I'm still achieving great things at a great football club.
"Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle all went down after I left so that says I must have done all right when I was there."
The West Ham manager praised his players for their part in the Championship season but singled out Vaz Te, who moved to Upton Park from Barnsley in January for £500,000.
"What a signing. The goals he has scored are probably the reason why I'm sat here and we're back in the Premier League.
"He must be one of my best signings and I've signed some good players in my time."