Allardyce and the calls for a new poll


Snidey AllardyceMany have been calling both here and on other sites for a poll to be held on the manager’s position ahead of the season.

We understand the motivation and the deep disappointment at pre-season and the football that’s been on display.

But after Claret and Hugh’s revelation yesterday that Sam is effectively on a six game trial period with the board, a poll – at this stage  anyway – seems pointless because the only one that matters will be those half a dozen matches.

If everything goes tits up it seems impossible to believe the board won’t act. The events of last season – and the early summer season review – appears to make that a given.

Thus far there has been no sign in a change of approach but one matter that hasn’t been mentioned is the manager’s relationship with the fans.

Both David Gold and David Sullivan insisted that the manager had to get them all back onside – well that hasn’t been going at all well along with everything else has it?

And for all the thick skin syndrome of our manager, should results go against him and the screams of disapproval start as they most certainly will, it’s impossible to see how he can survive.

There’s also the possibility that come the start the manager will unveil a system and set of results which take us totally by surprise.

I certainly have very serious doubts about that and have made my position on the manager clear – I think he’s past his sell by date.

But there will be no polls on this site until at least six games into the season …if indeed one is needed!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • HammerForLife says:

    My worry is that those six games could leave us so far adrift we’ll be chasing our tails all season. Haven’t felt this negative about the start of a season for a long time, just hope I’m proved wrong.

  • Michael Miller says:

    There’s only two votes that count and they belong to Gold and Sullivan – I think the Punters overwhemingly want to see the back of BFS but we don’t really count!

  • alanrnicholls says:

    I think Hugh’s right…..
    but I do expect things to get very ugly very quickly and S & G will have hopefully got a good Plan B sitting in place and ready champing at the bit!
    I’d settle for a period of Moyes like Everton had…..similar size club…similar money probs?

    Unfortunately Sam has NO versatility and there’s no evidence of anything else to offer regardless of generally good signings of the type of players we need but he doesn’t know how to play them.

    If our 3 wins against Spurs last season were against say Stoke H Hull A and Forest Cup surely Sam would be long gone by now…they were the glue that kept us hoping.
    One hapless performance against Spurs….Its gonna get very ugly.

    All the best. Fingers crossed I’m massively wrong.

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