Please stop using the R word Mr Allardyce


Snidey AllardyceMaybe I’m being a bit over sensitive but I fear we are seeing the old Sam Allardyce emerging ahead of the Queens Park Rangers game tomorrow.

During interviews with the media the R word crept in – something which at this stage of proceedings we simply don’t want to hear.

On top of that we also had him referring to the match almost being a six pointer suggesting that after a mere half a dozen games the pressure is on! Err, its NOT!

Realism is all well and good but after last season can we please be allowed to live with our dreams please Sam?

It really would be good if he could look up first rather than visualise and voice the ‘worst’ possible scenario.Mentioning relegation after half a dozen games just shouldn’t be part of any scenario.

Part of the problem he had with the owners last season was that he regularly made survival sound like an achievement.

It wasn’t and in a year when he has had loads of players thrown into the mix, to be talking about six pointers and avoiding relegation at such an early stage shouldn’t be on.

His ¬†words were that Harry Redknapp and QPR will be looking to avoid it – “like us and seeing then if we can make the top ten.”

Quite simply the whole relegation thing ¬†could and should have been avoided: ‘Let’s see if we can make the top ten ‘ would have been quite enough.”

When will we become a club where the manager talks first about how high we are going to finish rather than reminding us we have to making sure we aren’t relegated!!

That’s a given and I think I speak for most when saying: “We just don’t want to hear it.”

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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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  • johnham1 says:

    I hope you are wrong but I fear you will be right. I have been reading posts all week about how unlucky we were not to get a result. Everyone seems to have missed the big lesson from that match. We did not get anything from that game because of the actions of BFS – he got everything so wrong from the moment Rooney was sent off. He throws on Carlton Cole immediately – we have two fantastic forwards and he puts this guy in their way, it was the perfect game for Zarate to feed these 2 strikers he would have found space and we would have played them off the pitch fact, But what does he do, throws on Cole and and Noan. Nolan is way off the pace too and if he starts him tomorrow he will be undermining our owners and fans once again. It’s time to get rid of BFS before he destroys this squad and the man I would love to see is Bilic. Team for tomorrow with known injuries should be Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins Reid Cresswell, Poyet, Song. Downing, Zarate, Sakho, Valencia. Come on lets have a real go tomorrow – there is no easy game in the premiership but we are at home. Leave the likes of Nolan and Cole on the bench and move us forward in a positive manner,

  • mywhufc says:

    Possibly 12 teams every season are a bad run away from relegation so for every time you look up, you must take into consideration what is below .

  • Hammerman6 says:

    Make you ‘R’ight Hugh, he’s far tooooooo negative, this rubs off on the players, the fans and the other clubs take encouragement from it. If our rivals are allowed to think we believe we aren’t good enough they will start to believe it to. Sorry Sam ANOTHER FO PAR

  • conkerpot says:

    At the moment we are in 16th place and if we can’t beat qpr Sunday and God forbid we lose then people such as yourself will be calling for allardyces head on a plate and talking about relegation. However if we do beat wot we suddenly leap up to 6th place or so, ten points not looking bad at all. So pressures on. The trouble occurs when people have too high expectations as was the case with the southampton game. Then it all becomes very negative. The crowd don’t get behind the team. The team gets nervous and they don’t perform to the best of their abilities. That’s my fear with qpr because everyone expects us to thump them and if things aren’t going are way early on in the game … Nobody has any patience these days. Managers aren’t allowed time. Everyone wants instant success I understand that but to bring out the old cliche, Rome wasn’t built in a day. West Ham needs people in the media to get behind the team. Get behind the manager. If they do that we are going to go from strength to strength. If they don’t it could all be down hill. That’s why I believe the qpr game is pivotal and could prove to be the most important game of the entire season. Make or break.

    • I think West Ham have more media friends than any other: Rob Shepherd, Lee Clayton, Martin Samuel, Andrew Dillon, John Dillon, Matt Lawless, Steve Stammers – list goes on and on

      • baddowhammer says:

        The Sun takes great pleasure in hammer battering,especially constantly picking Sam apart.I’ve always read it for the football news,they always were first with the headlines,we know why now.Any alternative paper you could recommend?

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