Sam Allardyce’s move in handing the squad Sunday Monday and Tuesday off ahead of a crucial clash affecting the relegation zone on Sunday has not gone down well among Upton Park insiders.
Morning reports even claimed they did not return to the training ground until today but the newspapers concerned changed that in on line editions claiming they were in action yesterday.
The Mirror said: “In a move that will shock Hull City fans fans hoping for the Irons to do them a favour, the Upton Park club will have their second session of the week on Friday lunchtime.”
Other sources claimed to ClaretandHugh: “The medical staff are being paid to get players fit/treat them and there have been no players to work with for much of the week!”
The unexpected break drew the comment from one insider: “Sam believes that rewards bring results – mind you that hasn’t worked too well since Dubai has it?”
Another said: “Hull City fans may be a little uncomfortable with Sam Allardyce’s relaxed approach given it will be either them or Newcastlewho join QPR and Burnley in the Championship. Some around here most certainly are.
Three Hammers stars – James Collins, Kevin Nolan and James O’Brien – were also reported to be at the Premier League darts finale at the O2 arena in London on Thursday night for a celebrity challenge match although none of the three are likely to feature on Sunday.