Sam’s six crunch games


SamSam Allardyce will get the first six games of the season to prove he is the man to contiue as West Ham United.

ClaretandHugh has learned that the opening games against Spurs, Palace, Southampton, Hull,  Liverpool and Manchester United will see Sam on Trial.

There’s never been any danger of the manager losing his job in pre-season but a weak start to the campaign and the axe will fall.

Allardyce knows he is under pressure from above to produce results with style and although pre-season has left many unhappy it’s seen as wrong to sack  during friendly  games.

However, with the work that has gone into getting the targets the manager wanted there’s an expectancy that the team gets away to a good start.

We were told: “I guess the crunch could come as soon as the second or third game if things were to go really wrong but  the trial period is likely o be extended until the end of November.

“They are a good mix of matches on which to make a judgement.”

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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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  • FarEastEnder says:

    Sorry, but just what is the point of waiting until the end of transfer window? If – as most of us expect – we have a horrible start thanks largely to the dinosaur, but wait until the window has all but shut, then who would we be able to attract as a replacement? Presumably not anyone who could constitute a proper step-up for West Ham (e.g. Bilic I believe previously demanded funds for an overhaul; Moyes would likely want to time to arrange his squad as opposed to inheriting BFS’s)
    So I read this as we’re stuck with Dinsoaur until at least December.
    Gonna be a long, painful season.

  • Michael Miller says:

    Not another ‘six game’ ultimatum!!

    The fans don’t like BFS, we don’t like his ‘Football’, he’s had more than enough chances – time to go before he ruins our club irrevocably.

    BFS Out now!

  • americanhammer says:

    I have tried to stay positive about our future with Sam for nearly our entire run back into the Premiership… I really have bought into the long ball and all that because it moved us back up and Sam has not lead a team to relegation…

    but enough is enough. This team has the pieces to at least dance around in the 7-10 range all season, not just make a sudden late run. We were in the top 5 in goals converted from opportunities… its not that we need to convert more goal chances, we need to create more chances… and that cannot happen with our current formations/ strategy.

    Nolan is a step to slow, Big Andy is an overpaid non factor… if we have other pieces like Adrian and Reid and the new lads all healthy and ready to go and we still look like a bottom of the table team, why wait? The money has been spent, the “new style” edict has come down and here we are… looking at no changes and another season of 1-0 wins and 5-0 losses…

    out with sam, in with nearly anyone who is willing to experiment with 2 or more up top

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