talks exclusively to
co-owner David Sullivan
David Sullivan has as spoken frankly and exclusively to ClaretandHugh about the decision to allow Sam Allardyce to continue in his job.
Much rumour and speculation has done the rounds since it was announced the 59 year old boss was set to be sacked.
And Sullivan was happy to respond to our questions immediately after making the official announcement that the much criticised Allardyce will take the Hammers into the new season.
Here in question and answer form is his first interview since that announcement.
HS: Some people will see the decision to keep the manager waiting a week before announcing the decision to let him stay as a vote of no confidence from an anxious board. Is that a fair view?
DS: Not at all. Its was a very important decision and we wanted time to come to the right decision.
HS: Were other managers approached during that period?
DS: Nobody at the club spoke to any potential manager in the last 7 days.
HS: Some will wonder whether there is going to be a real tension and difficulties between Sam and the board regarding both future signings and the more hands on policy by yourself and colleagues. Is that fair?
DS: We do not think so.
HS: Will Sam’s position come back under the microscope if there is not a real change in our style of football next season.
DS: We always review the manager’s position at the end of each season and we expect a dramatic improvement in the way we play and the results we achieve.
HS: Is this he end of Ravel Morrison and WHUFC given all the unpleasant and controversial publicity surrounding his relationship with the manager.
DS: Not necessarily. We’ll do what’s best for Ravel and the Club.
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