Don Hutchison is optimistic that West Ham United have the right tools to flourish in the Barclays Premier League.
Hutchison, who was back at the Boleyn Ground this week to manage a team of Royal Marines against a side coached by Tony Gale, believes Sam Allardyce's squad possesses the right blend of youth and experience to thrive in 2012/13.
"The Championship was a hard division to get out of, but I think Sam has done a fantastic job," Hutchison told West Ham TV. "They did it the hard way by coming through the Play-Offs, which was a bit nerve-wracking, but it's great to be back in the Premier League.
"I think the Premier League will benefit from having a club like West Ham back in there with their fans and the revenue they will bring. It's great to see everyone with smiles on their faces again.
"Sam has brought in Jussi Jaaskelainen who has plenty of experience and what we are looking for is to see what type of players Sam wants to bring in.
"This will be a different test for the boys and a different test for Sam. He's obviously been there with Bolton and Blackburn before.
"We've got some good experienced players and a bit of youth as well. Mark Noble is a good one to have around the place and if we can get service to Carlton Cole he'll score goals. I think Sam just needs to tweak it slightly. I think the starting XI is a very, very good side but we need to strengthen the squad."
The former Hammers and Scotland attacking midfielder also called for supporters to be patient and not to expect too much, too soon on the Club's return to the top flight.
"There are lots of top sides in the Premier League. There are sides in that league who are going to cause problems, so the fans have to be patient. What we don't want is West Ham going without a win for two or three games and there being a bit of disgruntlement around the place - the fans have to stick with them and trust the manager.
"If it gets to the end of the season and it hasn't worked, then they have a right to have a little go, but they have got to be pro-active at the start of the season and get behind them."