Discussing the reasons for taking his first step into management at Stevenage, he claimed the uncertainty over the 60 year old’s position had contributed to the decision.
He said: “The uncertainty has carried on for everyone at West Ham for the last four to six months. If Sam had asked me four months ago I probably would have stayed and seen where it had taken me.
“But longer it has gone on, the uncertainty has left things very open and this chance (at Stevenage) has come about and it felt right.”
Meanwhile, the Hammers No2 Neil McDonald is in talks with League One side Blackpool and Ian Hendon is a contender for the top job at fourth-tier Leyton Orient.
Sheringham added: “I spoke to my family (about taking the Stevenage job) but professionally, it was just Sam. I told him I’d had an approach and as soon as I said it was from Stevenage he said ‘take it’.
“His endorsement was a big deciding factor.”