Paralympian and West Ham United fan Andrew Lapthorne believes the east Londoners are well-placed to continue along the path of forward progression they have enjoyed under Sam Allardyce's management.

Big Sam penned a new contract this summer after guiding the Hammers to a tenth-place finish in the Barclays Premier League - just twelve months after leading them to promotion from the Championship via the play-offs.

Lapthorne, who a year ago was en route to winning a silver medal in quad doubles wheelchair tennis at the London 2012 Paralympics, is also sure the prospect of playing in front of 54,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium will entice more top quality players to West Ham after this week's arrival of Andy Carroll.


He told West Ham TV: "David Moyes was at Everton for eleven years and took them to a position where they can move forward. That's the route we need to go down and hopefully Big Sam can be here for a few years to come.

"He's the best manager we've had for years - he brings stability and that's what we need going to the Olympic Stadium.

"I had one of the best experiences of my life in the Olympic Stadium - the opening ceremony of the Paralympics was unbelievable. I've been there and seen the atmosphere it can create.

"I was going around the stadium thinking 'this is going to be ours, it's going to be brilliant'. I was constantly thinking about West Ham, not even really thinking about the Paralympics, so I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully we can make it into our home."

Lapthorne's own career has also moved along an upward curve following the Paralympics and he has his sights set on the number one spot in the world rankings.

He continued: "I won a massive event over in South Africa recently and that moved me up to number two in the world for singles.

"I'm British number one and looking to be world number one by the end of the year hopefully.

"The Paralympics have spurred me on - losing in the final and getting a silver medal was tough, especially with it being in east London.

"I had dreamt of winning a gold medal, but to win a medal being so young was good. It's given me the footing now to go on to Rio and try and win two gold medals."