Sam’s disappearing act continues


maccaandallardyceSam Allardyce’s disappearing act continued this morning after he missed the Saturday press conference following the 3-0 defeat by Arsenal.

The assistant boss Neil McDonald was back on duty with a ‘Macca on Monday’ column on the club website – a duty normally taken on by the the manager.

It’s one of those with which the conspiracy theorists can have some fun particularly as McDonald had explained that Sam was missing on Saturday evening because he was angry and picking the team up after the Arsenal defeat.

Whether he’s still upset or the lads are still feeling sorry for themselves and need him around is a vexed question!!!!

We have no doubt Mr Allardyce will emerge sometime soon but that he should go missing at a time when his future is under the fiercest possible spotlight raises its own questions.

Meanwhile, the Irons Number 2 was left to recite a script we have heard from his boss on numerous occasions.

He said: “Our progression is trying to get into the top eight if we possibly can. At the start of the season it was top ten and with the points we started off with it was realistic to set the target a little bit higher.

“We just fell short over the last four or five games against the top teams in the league. Hopefully we can pick up a few points now and believe in ourselves as we have done against the top teams.

“We’ve been finished off sometimes and let a couple of goals in so we need to be smarter in how we manage the rest of the games.”

He added that the manager is happy with certain aspects of the game and unhappy with others. We have had some really good performances but we just haven’t had the results and we have just got to marry that up now in the next six games now to try to push us back up the table.

“They are all difficult games in the Premier League but we feel as though we’ve got a good chance of putting more points on the board and pushing up that table towards the target that we set.”

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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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  • rads the modern man says:

    Always makes me laugh when they say ‘we have had some really good performances but not the results’,nearly every week you here the managers at the bottom saying exactly the same thing.Its a shame that results get points 😉

  • oldiron says:

    Let’s hope he is at the Stadium of Light, he can go there now for all I care.
    He can come back as their Manager on Saturday and he will see just what we are capable of under Neill, as I assume he would take over until the end of the season.

  • PennsylvaniaHammer says:

    The usual patronising BS. Why do they bother?

  • pabloonechop says:

    So Poyet looks on his way and BFS steps in. Cant see too many negatives from our point of view-may even get some compensation? We are safe now but playing rubbish anyway -write this season off, plan and recruit a new manager and clear out his hangers on. Sounds like a plan…

    • sleepswithdafishes says:

      don’t wish too much…. we might get Poyet in exchange lol after all he is a modern foreign manager.

      • rads the modern man says:

        Well at least many foriegn managers learn their craft managing & coaching in lots of different countries.It can only be beneficial to experience different approaches & set ups.Our managers are either not good enough or unwilling to experience coaching abroad.I really couldnt see Sam in spain managing telling a press conference that ‘tippy tappy football is b*llocks’ 😀

        • sleepswithdafishes says:

          It’s certainly true that the number of our good coaches are dwindling, but that’s because all these foreign owners are bringing in foreign coaches who are often no better than ours. It’s been the same for players in the last 20 years. It’s something I would like to see stopped before English football is destroyed completely. I’m very proud to have that wish.
          While it’s good to have experience of foreign football, we have the hardest league in the world by a nautical mile, so knowledge of English footaball is more important.

  • mattefumi69 says:

    He disappears because he is Sammy Potter, the magic manager.

  • pabloonechop says:

    Very interesting that Sunderland are ‘interested’ in a manager whose record of late is almost identical to Poyets- think Sam shades it by one additional draw. See Nosedive piece…

  • rads the modern man says:

    So sunderland have sacked Poyet after a run of one win in twelve matches.I know someone else with a similiar record but people on here call for him to be given a new two year contract.Its a funny old game as they say 😉

  • davetarbuck says:

    Any one seen fat sam in suderland

  • davetarbuck says:

    Or even Sunderland

  • davetarbuck says:

    Bfs made 10/1 to be there new manager

  • jaybs says:

    Sam lost any interest just before Christmas! when he stopped even wearing a club tie, he has been going through the motions picking up his top salary, Don’t think Sunderland will be stupid enough to take him and his coaching team, so we will have to hang on until the end of the season.

  • Iron Giant says:

    I was willing to give him a chance this season, he always said he didnt have the players, so the likes of Song coming in for Matty Taylor, and Creswell for Linda, we looked good – but in his arrogance, as soon as Nolan and Carroll were fit, we went back to his **** brand of football. 10 games without a win isnt acceptable, especially given the ammount of times we have been ahead. For a manager who loves to shut up shop on 50 mins, decisions like bringing Cole on for Noble at S***s rather than Nolan are perplexing. Needs to go now – Aim high, chase Hiddink or Benitez.

  • HammerJeff says:

    Ha ha, the swearing filter did not do that for our “friends” at the lane! Coyi

  • Roman says:

    Hopefully he will disappear altogether soon>

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