Sam Allardyce has stunned Irons insiders by handing the West Ham squad a couple of days off following the crushing defeat by Everton on Saturday.
He broke the news to his players after the late 2-1 defeat which had the fans rushing for the exits rather than celebrating on the pitch and ClaretandHugh understands they won’t be back in training until Wednesday in preparation for the last day game at Newcastle.
It’s a surprising reaction to yet another defeat as the team heads forthe north east and received a mixed response from insiders
One told us: “How on earth can you reward them for failure? I’d have thought it was a case of extra training rather than time off. It’s odd at best and probably not what the fans want to hear at this stage of the proceedings!”
However, another – trying to put a positive spin on the news – declared: “Sam believes that if you reward players you will probably get a response, others see it the other way around.
“After all that approach didn’t work to well with the Dubai break did it? Thank goodness when this bizarre season comes to an end.”