No Sunday sacking but Sam is right on the edge


GoldandsullivanSam Allardyce is coming under heavier and heavier pressure from the West Ham board as the season heads into its final game at Manchester City.

And ClaretandHugh can confirm that his future will be settled at an end of season review when the full board meets and a vote is taken on whether he stays or goes.

Stories earlier in the day that he would be sacked on Sunday after the Manchester City clash are a little wide of the mark according to sources.

But one – speaking to ClaretandHugh exclusively tonight (Thurs) –  said: “It’s going to be a very tightly balanced board meeting.

“There  are very real concerns over so many issues: the style of football, the fan protests and the recent poll that showed 78 per cent want him out.

On top of that is a board decision to take a much closer hold on transfer dealings after several flops such as Modibo Maiga and Alou Diarra.

That could cause problems between the manager and board if not managed carefully and has the potential to create confrontation in a big way.

The first public shot across the manager’s bows was fired by David Sullivan at the Grosvenor House  end of season awards dinner on Tuesday evening when he apologised to the fans for a disappointing season.

All that remains now is to see where the rest of the board stand on Allardyce given the  increasing splits and instability developing in the fan base and the growing threats of a season ticket boycott if he remains in charge.

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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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