‘Safehands Sam’: FA Cup time running out for me


play offSam Allardyce is entirely aware that time is running away from him to become an FA Cup winner but he will never have a better chance than this year.

In his 23 years as a manager he has built a reputation as a “safe pair of hands” but his career has been short on silverware.

With the departure of some of the biggest clubs in the land from the competition yesterday, however, today is mega as the Irons travel to the west country looking to book a fifth round passage.

He explains – although it’s not entirely necessary – that you need a bit of luck to win the Cup!  Chelsea, City and Spurs needed a bit more than that yesterday.

But Allardyce added: “Whether it be the draw going through the rounds,a refereeing decision, a lucky bounce, or an own goal. Those sort of things need to go in your favour.”

“Players are going to need to be at their best in the FA Cup, if you have an off day it is over.” Well YES!

“It would be fantastic for me, to walk out at Wembley. I’m 60, I suppose time is running out for me — but when you see Portsmouth and Wigan win the competition it gives you hope.”

It would be fantastic for us too Sam. This is a great opportunity and excuses won’t do today – us Irons EXPECT!

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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:

    If it’s that important to BFS then put out your strongest side,we want this to and we want 11 players on the pitch from the start,COY!

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