Allardyce delighted leading West Ham back into Premier League

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce is delighted leading the club back into the Premier League.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce is delighted leading the club back into the Premier League.

Ricardo Vaz Te's dramatic late strike secured a 2-1 victory for the Hammers over Blackpool in Saturday's play-off final.

Allardyce, who guided Bolton Wanderers to promotion via the play-offs at the Millennium Stadium in 2001, said: "It's probably bettered that because it's West Ham United, with the size of the club and the pressure, and because it's at Wembley.

"It's the first time I have come here and won - not that I've been here very often.

"It's been an outstanding, thrilling season compared to where we came from.

"This is a memory for life and we will enjoy it. You want to go up automatically but if you don't and you win the final then it's a memory for everyone for years and years to come.

"The delight you get out of winning at a venue like this, the trophy, the medals, the celebrations, it's an outstanding achievement.

"It's bigger than anything else, other games played here are cup competitions but this is everything, it's about what's happened over 10 months, not six or seven games."

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