West Ham co-chairman David Gold says that Sam Allardyce should have got the Hammers back to the Premier League with automatic promotion, rather than through the play-offs.
Speaking to Blowing Bubbles, the lifelong Hammers fan said that Big Sam was right for the job at the time, but describes the 2012 play-off final as “frightening”.
Gold said: ‘After being relegated to the Championship, we brought in Allardyce because we thought he was the best man to get us out of that division.
‘He should have got us out easier mind! Looking back it’s fantastic from a fan point of view. We went to Wembley, and it was so exciting but it wasn’t for us. It was nail-biting and frightening after they equalised because you’re thinking we’re the favourites but we are going to get beat here and remain in the Championship and then we got that goal.
‘I still watch that winning goal from time to time. I’ve got big pictures printed of our celebrations and it was hugely exciting.
‘But let’s not forget that we shouldn’t have been in the playoffs. With the players that we had we should have won that league by five points and we didn’t.
‘Although Sam did his job and he will tell everyone for the rest of his life that he got West Ham out of the Championship and back into the Premier League, he did do it the hard way. We then gave him the instruction; “Keep us up Sam” and he did.’