With 647 appearances and 102 goals for West Ham United and 47 England caps to his name, few people are in a better position to assess the Hammers' 2012/13 campaign than Sir Trevor Brooking.

In the first section of an exclusive three-part interview with West Ham TV, Sir Trevor discusses a successful season and gives his opinion on how his former Club can continue to progress next term.

The 64-year-old two-times FA Cup winner starts by assessing a campaign that saw Sam Allardyce guide his side to the relative comfort of a tenth-place finish on their return to the Barclays Premier League.


"I think at the start of the season, like any club coming up, you're hoping you don't get dragged into the relegation scrap," said Sir Trevor. "A lot of clubs were always looking over their shoulders because of the way the league turned out, but we started well.

"Funnily enough, in contrast to last season when we got up through the Play-Offs and our home form wasn't as good but we were really good away, this time I think our home Premier League games have been really good and we've deserved the points we have picked up."

Sir Trevor enjoyed a successful spell in the dugout himself, losing just one of the 14 games he managed as caretaker between April and October 2003.

As a player, he was part of the West Ham squad that consolidated their position in the top-flight following promotion as Division Two champions in 1981. After finishing ninth in 1981/82, the Hammers avoided 'second season syndrome' by finishing eighth the following season, 1982/83.

Similar improvement this time around would be more than welcomed by the popular former No10, but how can it be achieved?

"I think the important thing is to keep it tight at the back and score enough goals to win games. Sometimes you can play well but not score and then you end up with draws instead of wins, whereas one win gets you three points and they can be crucial. We need that attacking edge.

"Andy Carroll has done well but nobody knows what is going to happen with Andy. Carlton Cole's contract is up, so the attacking area is an issue.

"We also need to get that support from midfield because, if you look, from the goalscoring point of view we haven't had a couple of players who have got into double figures, which gives you that opportunity to get the victories.

"I'm sure Sam will also look at how they can get more threatening and more of a cutting edge away from home. They picked up a couple of results this season, but they need to get more wins away from home to take the pressure off needing to get the results at home."

While a number of other Barclays Premier League clubs have, for one reason or another, changed their manager in recent weeks, West Ham have bucked the trend by securing Sam Allardyce's future on a new contract.

Having witnessed periods of both tumult and stability during his long association with the Hammers, Sir Trevor is delighted to see the Club in such a stable position.

"The Davids [Joint-Chairmen Sullivan and Gold] have recognised the experience Sam has in this league and it is important this coming year that he does what he wants to do. If you look at the track record the two Davids have got, they have been pretty consistent with giving opportunities to managers when they are leading a club.

"Sam led the Club to bounce back with promotion and we got the win on the final day of this season to finish tenth."

*In Part 2 of his exclusive interview, to be published on Tuesday, Sir Trevor Brooking discusses the Hammers' move to the Olympic Stadium.