Allardyce: West Ham Better Than Bolton's Class of 2007

  • December 21, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes his current squad is better than the Bolton side that qualified for the UEFA Cup in 2007.

Allardyce's greatest achievement as a manager was guiding Wanderers into European competition for the first time in 2005, before playing a major role in helping the club repeat that feat again two years later - which happened shortly after he announced his shock resignation as boss.

His current club, West Ham, consolidated 4th-place in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Saturday and Allardyce thinks the Hammers have the ability to eclipse the achievements of that famous Bolton team of the last decade.

"We were flying at Bolton at that time and were very close to getting where none of us expected," Allardyce told the Daily Mail.

"The prospects we have now is that this is a bigger squad than that one and has more strength in depth than that one.

"It has not quite got the experience but we have a lot of strength in depth and in the deeper end of the squad we have a lot of good players to step in when needed.

"That was not the case at Bolton. We had a strong 14 or 15 but nothing more than that. That is why it never lasted at Bolton, sadly."

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