Sam proud of his Irons reign


S ALLARDWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce – having seemingly started a long goodbye from Upton Park – has taken time out to defend his record at the club.

Sam is very much a ‘Marmite Man’ – you either do or you don’t – but the guy himself has no doubts that he has done a great job with us.

It is a fact that with his deal ending at the end of the season the club are lcompiling a list of possible replacements with one source telling ClaretandHugh last night  “It’s time for a change. Everything moves on…we need a different brand of football.”

But as the clouds hover around him the 60 year old spoke with justified pride about his three-and-a-half-years in charge,

And when asked if he ACTUALLY wants to stay he said: “I’ve never said I didn’t want to stay here. We’ve made good progress.

“Look back at what the club were when I got here. Look back at 2011 and you can say we have since forged a structure at the football club that is hopefully going to breed success.

“We’ve managed to put in an infrastructure that has grown the club from where it was when I came in until, at this moment in time, a top-half Premier League club in my fourth season.”

Tomnorrow he meets Spurs – a  team the Hammers beat three times last season following last weekend’s devastating FA Cup shocker at West Bromwich Albion.

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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:

    He should be proud for getting us back to the top flight and keeping us there,
    But now he has been given a chance to change his methods and he has not,
    Now it sound like he is begging for his job and wants us to give him another chance for one I don’t trust him and as soon as he gets a new contract he will put his fingers up at us again then when the 2 Daves sack him he will smile and grab his money.

  • oldiron says:

    He is a Manager who can do the job of getting teams out of trouble and stabilising them, BUT, he cannot take them to the next level required to be a great team cos he hasn’t got it in him. He is too set in his ways, so he must now go and help the likes of Sunderl;and, Burnley, QPR or another team looking for stability.
    What we now need is a manager to take us forward to the OS and into European contention.


  • mattefumi69 says:

    Yes, he get us back to Premier League, fact; probably It is precisely for this reason owners hired him on. I tell him “thank you”, but now it’s time for to change if we want something more than a middle rank position. The facts speak for themselves: Allardyce is not an ambitious manager, he helps to bring the safety, but what did he win during his long career? Nothing. And this is without mentioning the fact that when I watch a football match I want to have fun, and this doesn’t happen with him… Yes we need a different brand of football, and Allardyce is not the right person.

  • johnham1 says:

    He is, never was or never will be a West Ham manager – his brand and style of football is terrible – he is a poor judge of players. He has taken confidence away from our footballing players by playing players like O’Brien, Nolan and Carroll. If we lose to Spurs in my opinion he should be put on gardening leave. The owners have in my opinion being brilliant with the exception they have let the fans down by keeping BFS. They should have went with their gut feeling and sacked him in the summer. If they did we could be in top 4 now.

    • Roman says:

      I am dreading this game.It could be Kane and Unable tomorrow.I certainly have lost confidence in a manager unable to put the team and club before his own fat ego.

  • TysonM says:

    We got promoted from The Championship because away from home his style was perfect,attacking teams on the break in the majority of games but we had some horrendous results as well.We were terrible at home most that season & we were 2nd best in the final until Vaz Te got us outta jail.He got us up in the most unconvincing manor you can imagine.Of the next two seasons one was a nightmare (last year) & this year through injuries to his pets we started excellantly,through luck more than his judgement.Yes he kept us in the Premiership but he hardly deserves a huge pat on the back & round of applause from any of us.

  • TysonM says:

    There is a brilliant audio clip on Talksport from terry the cab driver.The headline is ‘What really gets up west ham fans nose’.It is spot on but really funny,he is so angry.Rants about Allardyce & needing a new manger for almost 3mins to Adrian Durham.

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