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Collins: West Ham players happy Allardyce staying

West Ham United defender James Collins is happy the club is backing manager Sam Allardyce.

There was talk of Allardyce being dumped at the end of last season before the board confirmed he would be staying.

"It is great," said Collins.

"As soon as the news came out over the summer the lads were delighted. He has done well for the last two years, we weren't too happy last season but we finished 13th in the end.

"He is so good, he sets out a plan for the whole season and how many points we need to finish as high as we can and improve on last year.

"The first couple of years is always tough - you see teams stay up in the first season and struggle in the second year. Last year we weren't too happy but a lot of teams would have taken that.

"We are looking to kick on this year, the gaffer has already brought in a couple of new signings and I'm sure there will be more.

"Not once has the gaffer ever told us to play direct. It is about winning football matches, before every game he works out the best way to win and that is how we go out and play."

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