Allardyce: “What will be will be”

SSam Allardyce has finally opened up on a week which he admits has seen him firmly in the firing line.

Writing in his London Evening Standard column he says:  “While the vast majority of fans are sensible and smart and understand how far this club have come in a relatively short space of time, for a few, one poor performance means the manager is heading for the sack.”

Her quoted an example saying: “On Tuesday our co-owner David Gold came to the training ground for a planned technical board meeting regarding the academy.

That was interpreted by some as a crisis meeting about my future. One media outlet even suggested I had been sacked.”

In fact ClaretandHugh reported the meeting as being entirely innocent whilst claiming  – as we still do – that candidates are being sought across Europe to replace him.

He adds: “On my contract situation, it will be what it will be. I am not pushing the board to give me a new deal on the basis of their clearly stated opinion of the way they want to negotiate, which is consistent with what has happened before. So be it.

On the defeat at West Brom he said: “It was a huge disappointment for everyone but before last weekend, when was the last time we played that poorly? Perhaps people should remember that. Disappointments do happen in football.

We haven’t got the biggest squad in the world and it was further depleted because of injuries. The previous Wednesday we ended the game against Southampton with nine men. The players expended a monstrous amount of energy in that game and came away from St Mary’s with a tremendous point.

The players are human beings and they had given everything against Southampton and Manchester United the previous Sunday.

I would also like to make a point about the fixture list. Everyone talks about the importance of the FA Cup but the Premier League have slipped in a full midweek schedule before the third and fifth rounds this season.

As a manager, I have to manage the expectation. If you start poorly, the criticism will come. If you start well and then dip, the criticism will still also come because people expect you to just carry on.

As a team, I will admit we’re searching to return to the level of performance we showed earlier in the season. I thought it was there against Manchester United.




About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Allardyce: “What will be will be”

  1. The squads the same size as everybody else 25, its just that only 15 of them suit Samosaurus’s style of play, and we don’t have Plan B

  2. Christmas we were in the top four,now just 2 pts in front of 10th,all be it with a game at spurs which i dont believe we will get anything from.Are you Sam going to blame fatigue for the last 2 to 3 months of inferior footbal,because all i see is your stupid team selections & set up of the team as the issue.I think there is only one explanation for this.First 3 months flying,next 4 months dropping down the league.Downing at the tip of the diamond we were flying.Downing on the wing were ineffective.Nolan playing we are dropping like stones.It is your stupidity that has caused the problems.You & you alone.Your player selections have been a joke in the last few months & sticking Downing back out on the wing to accomodate your pet is nothing but stubborness.He wouldnt get in any other prem team.Any other manager would see he is past it,instead you play him EVERY game.Midfield tomorrow should be Song,Kouyate,Noble,Downing.No excuse for it not to be.If Nolan plays then it really does show you are putting players you are best buddies with ahead of the good of the team or club!

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