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Sunday 2 June Updated Thursday 19 February

Cottee welcomes Big Sam stay

Hammers legend Tony Cottee was delighted to see manager Sam Allardyce pen a new contract with the Club before the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

The West Ham United boss has enjoyed great success in his two years at the Boleyn Ground, winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League in the first campaign before guiding his team to a top half finish this term.

Cottee, who notched 146 goals for the Club in 336 games across two spells, has been mightily impressed with West Ham's achievements over the past couple of seasons, and is backing Allardyce to deliver more success.

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He told West Ham TV: "I'm delighted that Sam has signed a new contract. Above all else, the Club needs stability - we can't keep getting rid of managers, firing managers and appointing someone else.

"We need it to be like the good old days and for somebody to be here for four, five, six, seven years, and I think that's what we'll get with Sam, we'll get the stability.

"I was always confident that we would finish between tenth and 15th this season. To actually be in the top part of that scale is a great achievement.

"To be in the top ten of the Premier League in any season is a good achievement by any club, so it's great that we did it at the first attempt back.

"But I think it's important to keep our feet on the floor - I remember when Alan Pardew's team came up, we finished ninth and reached the FA Cup final, but then the next season was a real struggle.

"The second season can often be harder than the first season back, because you've got the momentum for getting promotion.

"I'm not telling Sam or Macca anything new, they know that anyway. There's a good bunch of players in the squad, I'm sure they'll be given a bit of money and perhaps most importantly of all if we can sign Andy Carroll we've got a real chance of giving it a big go next season."

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