Sam may be a board meeting away from axe


sullyWest Ham’s full board will have to meet before any decision to sack manager Sam Allardyce can be taken.

Amid intense speculation that Allardyce could be sacked tonight or tomorrow, ClaretandHugh has learned exclusively that David Sullivan, David Gold, Karren Brady, club solicitor Henry Brandman and Andrew Bernhardt MUST meet first.

However, it has also emerged that should David Sullivan, as main shareholder, not agree with the majority view he has the power to make such a decision himself.

ClaretandHugh was told immediately following the defeat at the Hawthorns – the seventh in nine games – that Allardyce could be sacked this evening.

But a source close to the board told us that it was unlikely a board meeting could be called in sufficient time for that to happen.

Our source insisted also that ahead of today’s game a view had been taken at boardroom level that four points, and a minimum of three, were expected from the last three games.

And he added: “Were the team lose to Tottenham Hotspur next weekend then Allardyce’s reign would probably be over with a departure from the club immediately after the game.

“Let’s put it this way, at least one point was expected today and he is now in a very difficult situation.”

Events during the game have also militated against the manager as a ‘Sam Out’ banner was raised followed by scuffles and fighting Hammers fans and game-long chanting for the manager’s head.

Despite several ClaretandHugh phone calls nobody at board level was available for comment this evening.

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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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  • Michael Miller says:

    It’s about time – the dross he turns out every week is dire!

    One thing I cannot understand is why, when we’re chasing the game again, he takes both Jarvis and Downing off – has anyone got a clue why he keeps doing this?

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