It’s been a strange old week at West Ham United, which has included two Hammers victories that have all but secured their Premier League status, while a public row between manager Sam Allardyce and the clubs supporters has rumbled on.
The 2-1 win at Sunderland on Monday night was a win that took the Hammers 11 points clear of the drop zone, but the supporters remain unhappy at the style of football being employed under Allardyce, and also the manner in which he took exception to their booing at Upton Park following the 2-1 win over Hull City.
That has led to something of a stand off between manager and supporters, with Allardyce keen to point out he believes the fans need to lower their expectations.
“I thought we overachieved last year finishing 10th. No doubt about that. We had a fantastic season,” Allardyce said.
“Overachievement always brings a greater expectation. That’s why we have suffered at times this season, particularly at home.
“Last year we were immense. We only lost four games at home last year in the entire season. That was to Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool.
“This year at home has been much tougher [but] we have put it right recently with four home wins from the last five games.
“We should finish no lower than 12th or 13th. That’s about our top level. It would be the same as last season. We are building steadily and slowly.”
A large section of the West Ham fans seem less than thrilled at the idea of Big Sam overseeing another transfer window at Upton Park.