LEROY: Players won’t care about Sam’s job!


leroylogoWest Ham HAVE to get back to winning ways fast and the game against Sunderland is about as important as it gets for them tomorrow.

And I hope that nobody is sitting around thinking it’s all a bit of a formality because after last week’s shocking defeat at home against Villa Sunderland will be doing everything they can to produce a serious reaction.

And Dick Advocaat  – the new man in charge up there is no mug. He will have moved fast to install exactly the right attitude of mind.

Gus Poyet hadn’t look like a man who wanted to be at the Stadium of Light for several weeks to me. His body language was all wrong but there will be plenty coming out of the home dug-out tomorrow.

The Irons however are a top team on their day although that day does seem to have been some to have been some time ago. We are – as they say, – long overdue and I’m expecting a 2-0 win.

I think Sunderland will come and park the bus but we have the capability to break that down if we can get the full backs forward and really slide in the likes of Sakho and probably Cole!

The Hammers have been under a cloud for too long and I’ve heard it suggested this may be down to the non stop talk of Sam Allardyce being discussed in the past tense.

Listen, that won’t affect the players one little bit. Watford have had four changes of manager and are top of the Championship.

Players don’t care who they play for – Sam Allardyce or anyone else –  so long as they are playing. Mind you they can use it as an excuse for losing – don’t worry about that!

As I said, we need to get back to what we do best and win this game. If we manage that the confidence could come flooding back.

It’ll be a difficult one but it’s a must win affair and 2-0 to the Irons sounds about right.

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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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  • bubs says:

    Well said Leroy the players will play for which ever club pay there wages and how the manager tells them,
    That is why it’s BFS,s fault that we are now struggling and not the players he has run out of ideas how to get the best out of this squad.

    • WHU647580 says:

      No, it’s really not. It’s a combination of many factors. You don’t want him to have any credit for the best start had in your life time…..but you want everything since Xmas to be his fault?

      • oldiron says:

        He doesn’t deserve credit for the start we had because it was forced upon him. His true nature returned when Nolan & Carroll were fit, it all went tits up then because he changed the system and personnel to fit in his favourites.
        Since christmas it has been awful and all because Sam wants to play his favourites and every one else has to fit in, well it doesn’t work like that, you play the BEST system with the players that fit that system, not rocket science unless you are Sam.

  • TysonM says:

    The beginning of the season was more luck than judgement,if the injuries to Nolan & AC hadnt happened they would have started,Downing wouldnt have changed position & the fullbacks wouldnt have been utilized as true wing backs.How many goals did Sakho & Valencia score with their heads?.We would have had the Sam longball default setting from the start of the season.Since Nolans reappearance Downing has lost his spark being stuck back on the wing.I dont expect us to be champions league challenger at the moment,maybe never,but what i do want is to pay my money each year to watch a team that can give me some football worth watching,something i can enjoy for my money.I really dont care about this win at all costs mentality,defend with 25mins to go to try to defend a 1-0 lead.I just want to go & watch a team i am proud to say play the type of football fans from other teams say im lucky to be watching week in week out.If you sam fans are happy to win at all costs good luck to you.But i prefer to be entertained on a match day,not walk out having won 1-0 but still be deflated by the performance.Maybe i am old school,i would prefer to be entertained for my money,as we were at the start of the season.As sam said yesterday,he wants the win over the performance.Might be great for people who will take the 3pts with no style,but im going today wanting to see some decent passing football,not watch Collins hoof it to Cole.Sam out,so maybe The Boleyn can see football played as it should be for one final season.A fitting goodbye,a team with a manager who values scoring a second goal to kill off a team,Doesnt want to whine that we conceded an equalizer because we were trying too hard to score a second goal.Allardyce was summed up perfectly when he made this comment against wba at home.I can just imagine the players,we are 1-0 up against a team in deep relegation trouble &the gafferr goes on the media saying something inane like that.We tried too hard to score a second goal,damn,its laughable.

  • rads the modern man says:

    Bang on the money Ty,i am the same.I have never wanted much from The Irons,never had unrealistic dreams or desires.I just want to go & be entertained,have the crack with the lads & get away from work & all the other crap of life,lol,but with Allardyce i have watched rubbish for long periods,had very little to get excited about & really dont give a flying f**k about seeing out a 1-0 lead with 25mins to go.If i wanted to watch paint dry i would sit in front of a wall on a match day.For me watching Allardyces teams is sometimes less exciting than watching paint dry 😉

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