The former Wales international has actually left his coaching position at the London Stadium this summer for a post with Major League Soccer side Atlanta United.
However, that hasn’t diminished his high hopes for the Hammers next time out: “Had this argument on the weekend
#COYI,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account on Thursday.
We’re starting to get to the stage where West Ham are legitimate contenders to gatecrash the established order. They have a world class manager with Premier League-winning experience in Manuel Pellegrini, while they have a terrific squad of players that has been significantly improved this summer. Yes, they lost attacker Marko Arnautovic, but they replaced him with a club record signing in Sebastien Haller who has a far superior goalscoring record over his career than the Austrian international. Plus, they replaced back up goalkeeper Adrian with two solid free agent shot-stoppers, and secured the signature of hugely exciting Spanish international Pablo Fornals from Villarreal. This summer has seen the Hammers undoubtedly make a huge step forward. Arsenal, meanwhile, are in disarray. They are yet to make a significant signing, while there is massive uncertainty surrounding the futures of captain Laurent Koscielny and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. There’s no reason to think, then, as Collison clearly does, that West Ham can’t finish above their London rivals next term.