West Ham Managers – The Good, Bad and ugly – Part 3


And now the final part of our look at our managers of the West Ham  Premiership era.

Sam Allardyce

Allardyce will never be too many West Ham fans’ favourite, but he was brought in to return West Ham to the Premier League and keep them there, and he succeeded.

He even kept the team out of trouble for two of his three seasons in the top flight, though the collapse in the second half of the 2014-15 season was about as bleak as they come.

West Ham were fourth at Christmas but won just three more times before the end of the season, against teams that finished 16th, 18th and 19th in the league.

Pretty uninspiring, for sure, but it would be remiss of us to ignore the fact that he did still take the team into the top four, via wins over Liverpool and Manchester City to name but two.

Alan Curbishley

Curbishley is rare among those on this list in that his time in charge ended better than it started.

He was able to recover from humbling defeats to Charlton and Reading to help West Ham pick up more points in the final nine games of the 2006-07 season than they picked up in the first 29.

His one full season was pretty handy too, bringing the luxury of mid-table obscurity and the high-point of a goalscoring debut for Freddie Sears.

For a team which has spent much of the last 25 years flitting between excitement and despair, nothingness was underrated.

Billy Bonds

Club legend Bonzo took the club back up to the Premier League and kept them there in the 1993-94 season, but on the basis of that one campaign there’s not all that much to say.

The season was… fine, more or less. At least on the pitch, but not off the pitch….remember?

Harry Redknapp

The one and only Harry Redknapp who took over a West Ham team that had been back in the Premier League for just one season and dragged it gradually up the table over the course of several years.

The highlight came in the 1998-99 season with a fifth-place finish, while Redknapp also brought Paolo di Canio to the club and gave debuts to Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand and Jermain Defoe.

Sadly, his tenure didn’t end on the best of terms, but such a thing has been hard to find with any West Ham boss in the Premier League era!

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