Allardyce saved my career, says West Ham defender O'Brien

The defender believes if it were not for his manager he would not still be playing Premier League football and is keen to repay the 58-year-old whilst at Upton Park
Joey O' Brien has thanked West Ham manager Sam Allardyce for giving him the chance to continue playing his football in the Premier League after his release from Bolton in 2011.

The Dublin-born defender spent nine years at the Reebok Stadium, where he previously worked under Allardyce, and believes his current form for West Ham, he scored the equaliser against Stoke to earn his side a draw last time out, is largely due to the faith his manager has shown in him.

"I owe him everything, O’Brien told The Sunday Times. "He played me in the Uefa Cup as a kid. It was a major thing for him because Bolton had never played in Europe before. So he put a lot of trust in me.

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"He resurrected my career. He gave me the opportunity to play for a massive team and if he hadn’t have been here, I probably would be playing somewhere else and it wouldn’t be in the Premier League."

West Ham have surprised many with their early season form, the Hammers currently sit in seventh place after 12 games, and visit Tottenham on Sunday knowing a win would see them move above Arsenal and Everton in the table.

"You want to be involved in these big games," added O'Brien.

"Last season when things were a bit sticky, we had these meetings where we asked ourselves where do we want to be and who do we want to play against. These are the weeks you want to have."