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Sam’s return? Why would I care!


Creepy AllardyceSam Allardyce’s return to the Boleyn this weekend means absolutely nothing to me other than the need to ensure we collect three points and remain in the chase for a place in Europe.

So much has changed for the better since he left that his appearance in the opposition dug-out affects me not at all – why would I care?

Long term followers of this site know my feelings on him very well. For those who haven’t been here as long I should explain that I spent years avoiding his teams as I loathed the way they played. Unfortunately he then arrived at my club!

Sam has a personality which is entirely not to my taste and I was delighted when he walked away for the last time.

But that’s it. There’s no hatred, tribalism or desire to set him up as a pantomime villain. He’s just another boss in charge of a poor team and we need to bury him and them. End of.

It’s been suggested we should let him know how we feel about things by singing Super Slav’s name as loudly as possible but surely we’d do that anyway wouldn’t we?

I wouldn’t dare to offer anybody any advice or guidance on how they should behave towards the bloke this weekend. I’m just glad he’s gone.

That in itself was enough for me. There’s no hatred…no spite…no malice – just vast relief that we are becoming a great club under a great manager.

A defeat would be unspeakably bad news but I don’t think it will happen as Sunderland’s defence simply aren’t good enough to deal with Dimi and Manu at their best.

Nor are their  strikers good enough to break down a defence which has shown itself hugely competent and able to keep a great shape.

Sam Allardyce  this weekend is just another manager with far bigger worries than when he arrived.

I wish him no ill will but he will never be my cup of tea.


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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:

    You must have wrote that knowing what response you are going to get Hugh,but that’s your job,giving us a forum to vent our anger or happiness,
    Wetpants don’t seem to understand this,they think it’s a club for a few deluded people who try to bully genuine fans who go to make there poin,
    It’s a great shame because there are some really intelligent fans who use that site because of genuine interest,
    Don’t understand the people that run the site allow 1/2 dozen stop it from being a good site,
    I don’t even look now because so many stats are boring and can’t force myself to joining with the idiots,
    You should get about 40 hits tonight Hugh because this is the subject that raises the blood pressure of most but like you now he has gone I don’t even drink so much

    • I don’t write for effect Bubs. It’s how I feel.My feelings are clear but why would I want to bring myself down by using the sort of language of which our greatest hero Mooro would thoroughly disapprove. We all got what we wanted and I was as loud as the rest. It’s over. We now have a proper manager

  • GW says:

    Hugh your a bigger man than me! The sight and thought of the “Dung Beetle” being within 50 miles of the Boleyn after treating the club and fans like **** ****ing annoys me. Hopefully a good hiding for his team and sending him back with his fat gurning face to the north east will happen and he leads the Mackems to relegation so he never sets foot anywhere near the OS or we have to talk about the overrated, overpaid slob again

  • GW says:

    Ty you always did put it better than me

  • West Ham exile says:

    Aint worth saying what you will do on here or other sites,you get the moderates being holier than thou.He will know what i think of him saturday thats for sure!!

    • COYI247 says:

      May I just say how holier than thou I am?….Mind you, considering it is you, I suppose that doesn’t make me holy at all…just a bit holier than you…I am still a **** then…and an old tart!

  • exsoulie says:

    Times may be hard and life can be ****,but there is nothing more funny than east end wit.

  • canchaz says:

    Why would I care. Because this is a perfect ‘Murphy’s Law’ scenario and I would hate to see all the fans attending, having to suffer his self satisfied smirk as they leave the stadium having seen us lose a game we should have won, especially if it is through a freak goal. That is why I care

  • mooro66uk says:

    We`re on our way up. He`s on his way out.His last remaining claim to fame [ never being relegated] is about to be taken from him. happy days. He sealed his own fate when he said “What is the West Ham way? Getting beat every week”?Showed he knew nothing about our great club and couldn`t be bothered to find out. “They are deluded” was another of his wise comments.Well now we have a manager who knows the West Ham way and our team are playing entertaining football and winning on a regular basis.The fans are flooding back. The futures good. The futures claret and blue. COYI X

  • GW says:

    No doubt the ” Be Careful what you wish for” mob will be cheering his name from behind their laptops, gazing at their Sammy posters on the wall and remembering the good old days of respecting the point and telling everyone if it wasn’t for their Messiah leaving a good squad Slav wouldn’t have done as well. They know who they are, the ones who didn’t want him to leave, the ones that think they know everything and shoot down others opinions, the ones that have been waiting 6 months to see their beloved slug again, the same ones that say we should thank him, applaud him. Like I said 8 months ago ******** to them and ******** to him.

  • Radai Lama says:

    Haha,still get mugs on Wetpants who want to question if we are any better off now than last season.Laughable & then they wonder why they get mocked by other sites,lol.Anyway if they think we are nasty im glad they dont read what Westhamonline thinks of Dale & their precious site 😀

    • sparrow says:

      I went over there to have a look. The overwhelming majority, like the rest of us, love Slav. I couldn’t find a single pro Sam voice so I don’t really know what you are on about. They get a lot more posters than here, so I don’t doubt that there are one or two with odd views which you obviously found, but I don’t understand how you manage to focus on them rather than the other 99%. Why do you want stir up rivalry between sites, we are all West Ham. We have one or two mugs on here as well, as you find on any site.

      • West Ham exile says:

        Well you should have looked closer then kn*bhead.Oh yeah they all love him NOW!!.But last season it was the ‘Keep Sam Brigade’ in the main.They can hide behind their new found love but they were still the worms who were banging Sams drum till the end more than any other site.I know exactly what Radai is on about even if you dont!!!

  • johnboy says:

    You being one of em ! Sam the slug deserves everything he’s gonna get .
    With you mooro 66. He didn’t just insult everyone of us he insulted the great man as well with his west ham way myth remark . Greenwood , the lads in the cafe , everyone !!!!!
    What’s up Hugh didn’t like what TY and myself wrote on here . ???? Give the man a clap as he comes out, there’s a good chap ! Lol .

  • bubs says:

    It’s great being a mug Sparrow that’s what makes this site special,we love football pure football.we like to be entertained with football,not win at any cost to us and our dreams,
    If we did not like football and just wanted to win or draw as Hippo so often did,
    We would have nice little Mn U colours,and looks what’s happening there at the moment,
    Are their fans unhappy with the foot ball or the results ?
    I think you will find most don’t care how they win as long as they don’t loose,
    The others who want good football will be just like us on here but with not quite as good taste

    • sparrow says:

      I agree with most of that Bubs and appreciate your comments. The poor Exile above is still consumed by what he thinks some people may or may not have said a year ago. Being abusive says everything about him. Time to move on.

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