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Big Sam lifts lid on David Sullivan

Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has lifted the lid on his relationship with West Ham owner David Sullivan.

And he has revealed the club owner would sometimes turn up pre-season with a present of centre forward signing he fancied.

Big Sam told Alan Brazil on Talksport “David (Sullivan) will have his own mind on his own players, we all need to work hand in hand I found with dealing with David when I was there was the order of the day.

You get the odd present from David now and again, where he fancies it so brings him in anyway, so you have to live with that  He don’t mind that and he says “I have got you a little present” but you just hope it works.

He just turned up pre-season and says “I fancied this one;” it’s always a centre forward, one that scores goals which is fine because you think  you can come and score goals. 

Asked by Alan Brazil what happens if you don’t play him Sam smiled and said “You get the can for that!” it’s your coaching techniques not bringing the best out of him. I am not naming names, no I am not” 

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter
 

19 comments on “Big Sam lifts lid on David Sullivan

  1. THIS JUST EXPLAINS WHY THEY WENT FOR MOYES AS HE WAS TOLD THEY WOULD BRING IN 3 PLAYERS , BUT I DOUBT THAT THEY TOLD HIM HE WOULD HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO INPUT INTO WHO CAME IN . THIS IS WHY WEST HAM WILL NOT SUVIVE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE THIS SEASON ( WE WILL END UP STRUGGLING TO BE IN THE TOP HALF OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP ) WHAT A JOKE FOR A CLUB THAT WAS IN THE TOP 20 EARNERS LAST YEAR . IT JUST SHOWS THE OWNERS ARE MORE INTERESTED IN PROFIT THAN SUCCESS

  2. That explains a lot….How to run a football club in the 21st century-not…..

  3. Assume all these ‘presents’ are done with their agent friends. Been about 31 of these forwards since Sullivan been at club. With extortionate agents fees involved, what a lovely earner for all parties

  4. Sullivan believes he knows better than the managers he hires? Explains some strange signings over the years?

  5. As is pretty much uniformly being said by fans neutrals and media alike now – complete unprofessional shambles

  6. Mido, McCarthy, Carew etc etc.

  7. You have not included BFS’s comments, at around 07:10 this morning when, in response to fans being up in arms about the owners, he said (not verbatim):

    “What’s the problem? What have they not done which they said they would? The owners HAVE brought in players”.

    His tone was very much as though fans should get a grip and stop moaning.

    That’s the only (and cringe-worthy) comment he would make about the owners; which suggests he does not wish to blot his copybook (a la Pearce), in case he is also asked back to the club.

  8. “……the club owner would sometimes turn up pre-season with a present of centre forward signing……….”

    What joy!

    During the BFS tenure, 06/2011 – 05/2015:

    7/20 would have been pre-season and “Undisclosed” most likely means the player paid to join West Ham

    Demba Ba (Undisclosed from Hoffenheim, January 2011)
    Sam Baldock (Undisclosed from MK Dons, August 2011)
    Marco Borriello (Loan from Roma, January 2014)
    John Carew (Free from Aston Villa, August 2011)
    Andy Carroll (Loan then £15m from Liverpool, August 2012)
    Marouane Chamakh (Loan from Arsenal, January 2013)
    Carlton Cole (Unattached, October 2013)
    Joe Dixon (Unattached, January 2012)
    Jaanai Gordon (Undisclosed from Peterborough United, January 2014)
    Sean Maguire (Undisclosed from Waterford United, January 2013)
    Modibo Maïga (£4.7m from Sochaux, July 2012)
    Nicky Maynard (Undisclosed from Bristol City, January 2012)
    Brian Montenegro (Loan from Deportivo Maldonado, August 2011)
    Nenê (Unattached, February 2015)
    Wellington Paulista (Loan from Cruzeiro, January 2013)
    Mladen Petrić (Unattached, September 2013)
    Diafra Sakho (£3.5m from Metz, August 2014)
    Enner Valencia (£12m from Pachuca, July 2014)
    Ricardo Vaz Tê (Undisclosed from Barnsley, January 2012)
    Mauro Zárate (Undisclosed from Velez Sarsfield, May 2014)

    With that list PLUS an olympic stadium, we just don’t know when we are well off………

    • As depressing as that list is, 2014 versions of Sakho and Valencia would run rings around anyone we have up forward today!

  9. This is not new ! Mr Sullivan did this at Birmingham when he part owned them (hands on thing) he’s always known for dabbling in the market! He likes a punt to find the new Billy wizz players ( always looking for a cheap Alan Devonshire IMO) I’ll bet his son makes a few suggestions too now ? So if our owners read these blogs? We need a battering ram type of striker pronto?? Haller would suit Arsenal more than us? one touch to many in front of goal (tippy tappy)?? I’ll probably get slated for suggesting this !! but get someone like Brighton’s Glen Murray up front or an up top battering ram to scare defenders on a loan or short term deal?? You know you like a short term fix solution ??? got up till Friday ( just a thought) other than that play the beast up front like in the Southampton game long balls over the midfield? Not pretty but worked that night???

  10. To be fair one of those signing was Diafra Sakho and he turned out to be one of the best players brought in whilst BFS was in charge…. I quote BFS to the medical team I don’t want him find a problem ….

  11. You don’t need Big Sam to know that this club is being run by amateurs.

    Quite embarrassing for such a proud club.

  12. If Stuart Pearce was not allowed back following the fairly mild comments that he made, perhaps the real reason that Slav was fired was because he said that he found Sporting Lisbon’s comment about the Dildo brothers “quite funny”

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