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2013-08-21T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:10:17

The Big Interview - Iain Dowie

Former Hammers striker Iain Dowie is excited by the prospect of another season of progress at the Boleyn Ground.

Sam Allardyce's men made the perfect start to the new campaign by defeating Cardiff City 2-0 on Saturday, continuing the fine home record they enjoyed last year.

Dowie believes Allardyce has made the right additions to his squad and is expecting big things in E13 this term.

What do you make of West Ham's prospects for the season?

ID - "If last season was anything to go by, then I'm really looking forward to it. I thought the job Sam did was amazing and he was a little bit unlucky not to be considered for Manager of the Year. They've made some exciting signings, and there's Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, who hopefully will continue to do what he does, which is score goals at every level, and I think one of the most exciting players this year will be Jarvis.

"Late last year he hit some great form, he can go both ways and cross the ball. Add that to the good defensive record, and you've got players like Diame with power and pace, so it's a recipe for another good season. Whatever happens you know Kevin Nolan and Sam will have their team organised."

Just how big a coup was it to get Andy Carroll?

ID - "It was a big coup. I think a lot of people were looking at him and I saw Andy almost go back to the way he played at Newcastle last year. I worked briefly with him there and he's got two or three great things. He's got a rocket launcher of a left foot, when he hits it it stays hit, and it's very difficult to stop if it's on target. Heading for goal, I'm not sure there's too many better in the division, if there's anyone better.

"If you put the right ball in the box for him, with Downing or Jarvis, he's unplayable at times. It's a little reminiscent of the side Sam built at Bolton, if you think of Jay-Jay Okocha and Djorkaeff, Anelka, Hierro, Campo, quality players.

"He likes to do that, he likes to surround himself with good technical players. People underestimate what Sam's about, and I as a West Ham fan am certainly looking forward to the season."

What sort of impact do you think Stewart Downing can have here?

ID - "I think it's a big coup as well. I'm a little bit surprised Liverpool moved him on, because he did really well for a period last season and was in vogue again. Maybe they feel Coutinho will play there, but Sam again has got a big player to come.

"He's done well to get him here. If he can get to the form he had two years ago and three years ago at Aston Villa, he was arguably the best winger in the Premier League.

"He must have that desire to reignite that form, and there'll be big expectations with a big player coming to West Ham. They like their wingers here and Sam's good at getting the best out of players."


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