Allardyce: I would like to stay at West Ham

Praying AllaSam Allardyce  has used his London Evening Standard column to remind us “I still have a job here at West Ham.”

He understands – he says – why the speculation is there but adds: “I would stress that, providing everyone is happy, I would like to stay at West Ham. They are a great club, moving in the right direction and a lot is now in place for sustained improvement.”

He says that whilst he and the owners  have always been comfortable with waiting until the end of the season before talking a new deal, the downside has always been that it fuels speculation. Are they going to give him one? Are they going to get rid of him? Does somebody else want him because he is out of contract so there is no compensation?

He explains – although we know anyway – that this “creates a bubble of rumour and speculation “and, really, it’s one we could all do without, particularly when one short, unsubstantiated tweet can quickly become ‘fact’ to a lot of people.”

Having been linked with the Nigerian international job, Allaryce says: “I presume the Nigeria connection, for example, is because Jay Jay Okocha, who played for me at Bolton, and is now involved in football in that country.

“For me, Jay Jay is a top man, one of the best I’ve met and Nigeria’s equivalent to David Beckham in his stature and the esteem he commands in his homeland.”

He doesn’t believe the  speculation about  has affected the West Ham players saying: “A lot of the same lads went through something similar two years ago when my contract came up for renewal.”

But he said: “The important thing for me and the players is to start winning games again, beginning tomorrow against Sunderland, who have Dick Advocaat in charge for the first time.

He said: “I don’t think it’s too difficult to work out that Sunderland haven’t been scoring enough goals, even though their draw ratio — 14 — is the highest in the Premier League, the inference being that if Gus Poyet had turned six of those into wins, there wouldn’t have been a problem. “


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6 comments on “Allardyce: I would like to stay at West Ham

  1. He needs results now to find a new job and how he thinks the players have good moral when he has to stay away from the press to give them a little cuddle does not add up
    Would it not be great to all have a column to build up your own self esteem and with Mrs Brady using her column as well to back the fat man us 50% who want him gone only have forums like this to have our say but the 5% of deluded BFS fans use it as well.

  2. Sam the Great should take his deep knowledge of football somewhere else. After winning everything in his country, it’s time to expand his kingdom winning other trophies with an international club; Nigerian football team represents a great opportunity, they need his sophisticated experience, flexibility and stability. I think we’ll find a way to live up to this tragedy.

  3. Mybe you will stay, and with all the cash you get you will be happy but I as a fan for over60 years I will be sad that will will have to to still have you I dont think you are a west ham person and you say there was no west ham way to play there was but you would not be able to get in the team go back from wence you came

  4. Matte I hope you mean davetarbuck not BFS?
    Now the fat man is down to crawling next will be begging,
    The problem is if we win the next game the Conker deciples will be telling us how great he is again.

  5. Yes bubs, obviously davetarbuck! I know, if we win against the invincible Sunderland the Conker brigade will magically reappear… I think this is a neverending story… I can only write like you BFS OUT.

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