Back in the middle of August when ┬áthe ‘Sam out’ movement was at its fiercest ClaretandHugh said it would reserve judgement on the issue until the end of September.

SAllardyceWe have been true to our word and today deliver our verdict on whether the manager – some would say the most divisive in our history -should stay of go.

Were we to make a decision based purely on results – two Premier League wins, three defeats and a draw along with a Capital One Cup exit – the vote would be straightforward – a big thumbs down!

But the Hull City and Liverpool performances plus the spirited and often attractive display at Old Trafford, make the vote less obvious because West Ham United are playing real football for the first time in a very long time.

It’s our view that an enormous amount of work has been put in ┬ábrokering deals for players and the board and Allardyce take equal credit.

Whether, Sam has achieved enough though to remain in charge is the issue at hand and we have to say the style and panache with which the team is playing is a joy to behold right now – surely nobody can have any complaints.

Things can change and thus we are all allowed to change our minds but our verdict for now is simple:

The manager should remain in charge but we must never go back to the bad old one up days or the view will rapidly change!


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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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  • Owl says:

    As he’s done EVERYTHING asked of him (without much of a budget……Until recently!), it’s a no brainer that he should stay.

    I fell out of love with old Harry for the scoundrel that he is, but his ability as a manager cannot be questioned and I pay attention to his views on the game as he does make a lot of sense. He’s been reported as saying that West Ham’s turnaround has EVERYTHING to do with having a Good manager and the manager having the “funds” to make good acquisitions. I’d be inclined to agree with that statement 100%
    If we didn’t spend the money that we did this season, we possibly would’ve spent less than some smaller clubs than us and had a season of struggle to look forward too.
    I would like to think that most of our supporters have enough about them to realise this.

    • baddowhammer says:

      I was going to write a comment,but Owl has said it all,couldn’t state the case any better. C.O.Y.I.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    He has done a good job so far (this season) but lets see what happens, how Nolan fits into the team and how we play when Carroll is fit. I am happy to see him in the job until the end of the season but I am worried that he will end up reverting to type as soon as he is offered a new contract.

  • Michael Miller says:

    I’m not able to forget the dross that he has served up since the summer of 2011, a couple of good performances can’t cancel out that memory!

    BFS Out!!

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