Allardyce It Is
Most of the newspapers are saying today that Sam Allardyce has agreed to become West Ham manager.
Allardyce is reported as saying,
"Everything has been agreed in principle and I look forward to taking charge after I have had a family holiday.
"It’s always difficult dealing with the aftermath of relegation, but I want to get West Ham back into the Premier League as quickly as possible."
If you told me 12 months ago that West Ham would be in the Championship next season with Sam Allardyce as manager I think I would have given up on football and West Ham as a lost cause.
I really, really have hated watching Sam Allardyce managed teams in the past. There seems to have sprung up a bit of a revisionist movement lately arguing that Allardyce's teams have actually played some attractive football. I guess they may have done so occasionally but I haven't seen much evidence.
However I want to see the positive in this move by West Ham.
First off, I think Allardyce will bring some much needed organisation into the club.
West Ham really need a manager who can stand-up to the West Ham owners, Brady and what seems to have been the pernicious influence of agent Barry Silkman at the club. Allardyce is just such a manager.
I'm sure he will have only agreed to join West Ham on the understanding that he can bring in his own staff and that he is in charge of signing new players.
Secondly, West Ham have to get back into the Premier League. Allardyce does create teams that get results. His teams may play percentage based football but they also have passion and organisation. Things that the current West Ham side need in abundance.
Being a Championship club now West Ham would probably struggle to find a manager with more experience than Sam. So, much as I hate to say it, I think the appointment of Sam Allardyce is probably a great thing for West Ham in their current situation.