Cottee explained that the new manager's work ethic, determination and professionalism are exactly what is needed to arrest the club's recent slide into the npower Championship.
"I think Sam is a good appointment," the 1985/86 Hammer of the Year told West Ham TV. "My own personal opinion was that I wanted either Martin O'Neill or Sam Allardyce - I felt those two were the standout candidates. There were some other good managers who were mentioned along the way, but I'm pleased that Sam has got it.
"I'm not going to stand here and say that Sam is my best mate and I know him really well, but whenever I've come across Sam he has been really friendly and said 'Hello' and hopefully I'll spend a little bit of time with him as the season goes on.
"I think it is a great appointment for the club."