Cole hopeful Hammers keep Allardyce
Published 23/03/2013 | 14:41
Joe Cole believes Sam Allardyce has done a "phenomenal job" as West Ham manager and hopes he stays with the east Londoners.
The 58-year-old replaced Avram Grant at the Upton Park helm following the club's relegation from the top flight in the summer of 2011. Allardyce confounded the critics to take West Ham up at the first attempt via the play-offs and the club now sits 14th in the Barclays Premier League.
However, the former Bolton manager's contract is up at the end of the season and negotiations on a new deal are not expected to get underway until survival is secure. Cole, who re-joined the club from Liverpool in January, told Press Association Sport: "Sam has done a great job and has been fantastic with me."
The 31-year-old midfielder added: "He has an unbelievable record as a manager, is an experienced manager and you see what he is about on a daily basis.
"What a great manager he is.
"We want to stick another two or three wins on the board and I am sure that will be much more than enough (to secure survival).
"The gaffer came in when the club was in a bad state and has done a phenomenal job.
"The owners have done a great job backing him and the lads, the players, have done a great job to come up. It is very difficult to do that.
"We can't rest on our laurels now. We've got to constantly move forward and try to win every game."