Irons play down Allardyce ‘showdown’ report


Upton Park insiders were today playing down reports that there is growing tension between manager Sam Allardyce and the board over the appointment of a new head of recruitment Tony Henry.

A morning national newspaper report claimed problems could soon arise over the appointment of Tony Henry – headhunted by the two Davids –  after a summer move to get more control over signings.

Allardyce, however, has his own trusted chief scout Martin Glover in place and Henry’s arrival as head of recruitment in November could be seen as causing obvious “difficulties.”

Henry was placed on gardening leave by Sunderland – his last employer – after resigning his position after accepting the Head of recruitmwnt posuition at Upton Park …and is due to join the Hammers in November.

The issue of a new head of recruitment has always been on the agenda and was one of the conditions introduced at  the review of the 2013-14 season between the manager and the board.

And although it is difficult to see how the club could employ two chief scouts or ‘heads of recruitment’ a well placed insider claimed to be unaware of any issues.

He told ClaretandHugh that the report had been read but that there were no problems of which he was aware.

However, there are seemingly issues to be resolved and ClaretandHugh will be keeping an eye on things.

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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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