Sam Allardyce is looking forward to seeing what old friend Teddy Sheringham can do as West Ham United's new attacking coach.

Big Sam has added the former Hammers, Manchester United and England forward to his backroom staff, with Sheringham initially returning to the Club on a part-time basis.

Having known the 48-year-old since his days as an apprentice at Millwall in the early 1980s, the West Ham manager knows that his new charge has the quality to make a real difference to his team's offensive play.

"Teddy was interested in coming into coaching at this stage so we're obviously glad to have him on board to give us a new outlook on how we are working with our attacking players," confirmed Big Sam.

"We hope he can give some individual expertise and one-on-one coaching with our attacking lads to hopefully help us to score a few more goals.

"Everybody knows how long he played, into his forties, and he spent the latter part of his career at West Ham so he knows all about the Club and we're all looking forward to him joining us and being part of our very highly qualified staff.

"Teddy is somebody who I knew as a very young apprentice at Millwall when I was playing there, so obviously from those days it was interesting to see how he developed into an outstanding individual in terms of what he achieved as a footballer."

The manager revealed that Sheringham, who scored nearly 361 goals in 959 games for club and country during a glittering 24-year playing career, had no hesitation in agreeing to his request to join the Hammers.

"I rang Teddy up to see if he was interested and he jumped at the chance," Big Sam confirmed. "Obviously, he will come in and work specifically with the attacking players, so it's a part-time role to start with and we'll how it goes and develops after that.

"He brings many things - his experience and knowledge as a player, his technical ability and then the sort of things he might have done in the box to make that little bit more space.

"It's breaking it down into a very specific basis so the players can take it on board, learn from it and hopefully adapt it on the field to use those techniques to make space and put the ball in the back of the net."

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