Sam poll result concentrates minds inside Boleyn


Creepy Allardyce

The recent poll conducted by 16 independent websites into Sam Allardyce’s future at the club is understood to have  concentrated minds in the Upton Park boardroom.

Co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan have been giving the results – which was a 77 per cent plus for the boss to leave the club this summer – considerable thought.

Indeed the organisers sent the result to them to Sullivan soon after  the poll closed.

ClaretandHugh has learned that the initial announcement that such a poll would be held was viewed with no undue alarm by the board.

But there has been surprise that over 13,000, 27 per cent of whom were season ticket holders, delivered such an overwhelming verdict against the boss.

That may account for a local radio interview, given by Gold earlier this week and widely covered on other website, in which he was at pains to defend the manager, claiming he had done everything asked of him.

One source told ClaretandHugh said: “Initially there wasn’t too much worry but the size of the poll appears to have concentrated minds and the end of season response  to Sam’s situation will be interesting as a result.”

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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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  • SamEvans1994 says:

    If only 27% were season tickets holders then I’m not going to read much into this result. Proper football fans who go every week and those who just sit at home and watch MOTD are different breeds. Do a poll exclusive to Season Ticket Holders.

    Also of the 20/30 regulars I go to WHU regularly with every week, only about 6/7 of us have social media and knew about the poll, the rest didn’t know about this poll till it was done. Seemed poorly advertised and no where near enough Season ticket holders took part in this poll. I’m not saying the results would be different but only way to find out is to do a Season Ticket Holder poll and try to get 10,000 odd Season Ticket Holders to take part.

    • Hugh5outhon1895 says:

      NO Because our fan base is world wide and to suggest that only people inside the ground and holders of season tickets matter is patronising and unpleasant. What about the aged supporters, those caring all day for members of their family – those who have moved to distant parts of the country through work etc, those who through age but have been fans for years who literally can’t get there through cost or illness or disability?.Are they any less a “proper” football supporter? No! Poorly advertised? It was on 16 websites and ran for four days!! You and others could have spread the word by twitter and FB.You give the impression that if we advertised a season ticket holders only poll it would be supported. It wouldn’t. There are only 20,000 season ticket holders anyway. Are you suggesting none of the others matter and aren’t proper fans

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