Filed: Tuesday, 31st May 2011
By: Staff Writer
Steve Lomas has welcomed the imminent appointment of Sam Allardyce as West Ham United's 14th full-time manager.
Lomas - who replaced the Charlton-bound Alex Dyer as reserve team manager three months ago - told Sky Sports that he was looking forward to working with the former Bolton manager, whose appointment is expected to be ratified by the end of this week.
"Hopefully there'll be a part there for me, which would be lovely," he said. "I'd love to stay and help the club as I thoroughly enjoyed my time doing the reserves last year.
"There are players like Zavon Hines, Jordan Spence and Freddie Sears who can be part of that and are West Ham through and through. Hopefully, after eight-and-a-half years and captaining the club I've got something to offer and if it's Big Sam or whoever, I'd love to stay and help."
Lomas also confirmed that he expected Allardyce to surprise those Hammers fans expecting exclusively direct football, the style for which he was much criticised whilst at Bolton.
"West Ham have a tradition of playing football but we've also got to play football and get a winning side, which is very difficult in the Championship," added Lomas.
"Sam's been around, he's a personality, he knows how to organise a team and he's very good at attracting players. People say he plays a lot of long ball but he's worked with Okacha and Djorkaeff in the past so he does like flair players.
"I think somebody of his personality will be able to attract a lot of players to the club - and because there is going to be a high turnover of players I think he will be a good fit.
"Hopefully he sees it as a challenge - he worked with Bolton and took them up so he's got the experience to do that. I don't think he'll see it as a step down, I think he'll see it as a major challenge."
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01:04PM 31st May 2011
''Now that Dave Jones has become unexpectedly available is it too late to halt talks with Allardyce? I think the deal has already been done and the board will welcome the chance to reduce the squad and lower the wage bill. Let's face it, with big Sam's way of playing, we'll only need a keeper and a centre forward. The rest of the team will be redundant!''
10:33AM 31st May 2011
''With the statement on the club website will Lomas get into trouble now that he - a memeber of the club - has stated this?''