Wannabe England manager big Sam once again finds himself embroiled in accusations of hoof ball and anti football.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has staunchly defended his sides style of play after criticism from those subjected to the utter dross. Not for the first time, the former Blackburn man finds himself in the unenviable position of having to explain his use of ‘tactics’ to his own supporters, with fans growing restless at a perceived move away from “the West Ham way.”
There is of course no West Ham way, other than finding good players and selling them on or snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and their manager concurs, telling Sky Sports:
“It sounds like not winning.”
“There has never been a ‘West Ham way’ shown to me, not by anyone who has worked at the club.
I’ve spoken to a lot of people at the club and no one can tell me what it is, so it is a bit of a delusion.”
But it’s the belief that kills us, and West Ham fans certainly believe their club is of huge importance. Indeed they were the favourites for an immediate return to the Premier League at the start of the season, after bringing in roughly fifteen strikers to add to an already sizable Championship wage bill. But a run of five home draws has coincided with rivals Reading amazing form of late, leaving the Hammers in third place.
Phrases such as ‘get in their face,’ ‘up and at em’ and ‘get it out!’ spring to mind at the mere mention of Allardyce, who laughably once claimed to have the ability to manage Real Madrid. Whilst the image of Cristiano Ronaldo running after loose balls like a carthorse is indeed hilarious, it seems as though big Sam really is suffering from a bad case of delusion.
And he must be feeling the heat, as failure to achieve promotion would surely lead to an instant dismissal, hoisting him back on to the managerial scrap heap to grumble to the likes of fellow purists Steve Bruce and Mick McCarthy.
He desperately reasoned:
“I can understand if you are losing and at the bottom of the league and not playing well. I can’t understand it if you are playing the opposition off the park.
“I am a little bit sick of defending myself because it is something I shouldn’t have to do.”
Only time will tell if the intricate method of pumping balls up to Carlton Cole really will be enough to take the Hammers back to the promised land, but even if it does, there will be plenty more issues like this waiting just around the corner. When Kevin Davies becomes the first signing of the summer and the club spirals towards the familiar territory of a relegation dog fight, things might get even more ugly for the man at the helm, and i’m not just talking about the football.
In the meantime the club have a vital game to play at home to Reading, and Allardyce did his best to sell the encounter to an adoring public:
“Come and enjoy yourself, that is what it is all about. If you don’t want to come and enjoy yourself, I am not sure why you want to come at all, really.”
No, me neither.
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