Pundit: “Do they want to play for Sam Allardyce?”


Creepy AllardyceWest Ham’s performance against Sydney FC – if you can even call it that – was way the worst we have seen from a team in claret and blue for many years.

I resisted the temptation of giving an immediate reaction after viewing the match because this game needed thinking time.

Even after a second view it’s hard to know where to start so let’s take a look at the manager.

Rarely can I remember seeing him and his coaching team viewing a game with such entirely glum faces.

Sam Allardyce is of course the most hyper-active of managers but he barely clicked a muscle during this abysmal display – presumably, like the rest of us, unable to believe what he was seeing.

There was no flair, no gusto, just an entirely predictable of build-up which went absolutely no where for most of the time. The only serious action came down the flanks.

Pedestrian doesn’t begin to describe the performance. It was without any sort of quality or enthusiasm from a group who looked more as if they were approaching the end of the season than the beginning.

And at one time it had pundit Paul Ifill – a Wellington Phoenix player – wondering whether this was a group of players who were showing a desire to play for Sam Allardyce.

And he mused whether the manager would remain in charge should the team remain without a win  ahead of the season proper.

Given the two Davids’ support of the manager it’s unlikely that will take place but too many performances like the ones we have witnessed so far will start to raise some very important questions.

For this was beyond poor!

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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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  • Dicksyland says:

    Time was that if a General led his troops to battle in foreign lands and suffered a defeat as ignominious as this, he would go quietly to his office, shut the door, pull out his service revolver and do the honourable thing. Before this week, only one English team has ever lost to Kiwi opposition, but we manage to do it twice. Newcastle put 4 past Sydney, while Sydney put 3 past us. There are no words to describe how hopeless I feel about the coming campaign, this morning. Sam, go. Just go. Pack your bags and walk away and will someone please get Avram on the phone. Even he would be a step up on the current disaster.

  • SXHammer says:

    Looks like the youths in the Development Team didnt fair much better in the Ruhr Cup International Tournament played this week. We lost both group matches & knocked out of the Tournie at the first stage, were the only team not to get a point, and conceded the most goals!!
    All round poor pre-season for all Hammers so far 🙁

    Gruppe A
    Borussia Dortmund U19 – Dinamo Tiflis U19 0:0
    Viktoria Pilsen U19 – VfL Wolfsburg U19 1:0
    Borussia Dortmund U19 – Benfica Lissabon U19 0:2
    Dinamo Tiflis U19 – Viktoria Pilsen U19 0:0
    VfL Wolfsburg U19 – Benfica Lissabon U19 0:0
    1. Benfica Lissabon U19 (4 Punkte)
    2. Viktoria Pilsen U19 (4 Punkte)
    2. Dinamo Tiflis U19 (2 Punkte)
    2. VfL Wolfsburg U19 (1 Punkt)
    5. Borussia Dortmund U19 (1 Punkt)

    Gruppe B
    Galatsaray Istanbul U19 – Borussia Mönchengladbach U19 0:0
    West Ham United U19 – FC Schalke 04 U19 0:2
    Galatsaray Istanbul U19 – Maccabi Netanya U19 1:1
    Borussia Mönchengladbach U19 – West Ham United U19 3:0
    FC Schalke 04 U19 – Maccabi Netanya U19 0:0
    1. Borussia Mönchengladbach U19 (4 Punkte)
    2. FC Schalke 04 U19 (4 Punkte)
    3. Maccabi Netanya U19 (2 Punkte)
    4. Galatsaray Istanbul U19 (2 Punkte)
    5. West Ham United U19 (0 Punkte)

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