Sam: “Give us a break”

West Ham v Swansea 

Sky Sports 1 Live 12.30


Sam Allardyce is a worried man at this time of the season and there’s nothing new in that!

Christmas might be a much-needed break for most of us but Allardyce reckons it can have a shocking effect on players and their long term careers.

He told the national press : “My opinion has never changed and it never will. You keep flogging your players and keep asking them to ­maintain the levels they maintain, then you are asking for injuries.

“And injuries have a great cost to every investment you make in football. Every injury takes its toll on the player.

“But if they consistently start getting injuries then the player will pay a price down the line. It will shorten his career.

“Until everybody gets their head together and really sorts it out, we are always going to be faced with the fact that at this time of year we are asking them to deliver four games in eight days.

“And for them not to have a break, it means they are open to being criticised because the players can’t get to where they want to produce the sort of football everybody is expecting and continue to want them to get to, because they are not physically capable of doing it any more.”

sakho-diafra_3214372West Ham need to maintain momentum but are set to lose Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Alex song to African cup of Nations duty next month.

Allardyce said: “It depends how much they play and how long they play there for and what type of training their coaches give them while they are there,” he said.

“There is little or no coaching that they need, but you are not in control of that and when you listen to what some of the coaches do when they go there, they start thinking they have to get them fitter.

“That is the last thing they need to do – to start running them around when they have just come through the Christmas period here.”


December 7: Swansea (home)

December 13: Sunderland (away)

December 20: Leicester City (home)

December 26: Chelsea (away)

December 28: Arsenal (home)

January 1: West Brom (home)



About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Sam: “Give us a break”

  1. I can only see 18 points from those games….

  2. I wish people who critisise Kevin Nolan would read the article on him in the Telegraph today and reassess with a more open mind instead of sticking to their preconceived ideas formed during a poor season last year. He has been an excellent buy for us and will continue to be until his contract expires. I for one hope he finds a new role working under/alongside Sam at that point. I’ve met him twice too and he is a real nice bloke, he has all the time in the world for supporters talking to him and seeking autographs. Seriously nice bloke. I’m sorry if that pops a few misconceptions.

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