Sunday, May 29, 2011

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.


At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's spelt Allardyce, but aside from that great article :)

At 11:20 AM, Blogger jaybs said...

I still hope that this is paper talk, FAT money grabbing SAM is not the man for us! I also have never seen any of this great football some says he can produce, he can waste money!

We better have a water tight contract get out clause in case we need to get rid of him come Christmas!!!

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are a mug when was the last time you see attractive football at west ham open your eyes and watch a couple of the west ham games over the last 3 seasons you could count on 1 hand how many games we have played attractive football as long as he gets us promoted then it doesnt matter what football we play

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's the right man for the situation we find ourselves in. Never thought about Big Sam, but he's probably just what we need now. Organisation, disclipline, and a defence that won't leek goals, we havn't played attractive West Ham football since Pardew anyway.

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the message above. We need someone who can make us difficult to beat, less inclined to implode when ahead, more inclined to fight when behind and basically get 11 professional players to play like a team and not like strangers. You have to earn the right to play pretty football (don't barca work hard without the ball) and Allardyce will do for me. Come on you Irons!

At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sadly agree with 11.27am i have watched West Ham since Bobby graced our Team, and i think the "West Ham way" is some what a fantasy, last time i saw it was during the John Lyall days very little evidence since.
Wake up guys if he can get us up thats good enough for me, and anyway how many times did his Bolton team finish outside top ten and they always seemed to beat us!!!
Bob The Hammer

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he may not play the best way but i'm hoping he can harden us up a bit as when you watch the likes of stoke, bolton and blackburn other teams dont like playing them as they get stuck into a tackle

so come on big sam lets make upton park a fortress again COYI!!!!!!!!!!!

At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam Allerdyce!! Who would have thought! West Ham Have been in the wilderness for far too long and with the owners we now find ourselves with, who seem happy to stand in the background shooting holes in an already leaky boat, instead of backing their choice of manager! (even though he proved to be the wrong choice) we need someone with backbone and a plan! As much as he may not be the first name out of the hat for many Hammers supporters, he may be one of the best chances we have in getting back to the Premiership!

We don’t have the cash to spend that the big clubs have, and we need to start again and build a team that hold onto two and three goal leads! And win games!! We always had trouble playing against Bolton when Big Sam was there and he will build a team that has the capability to get us back to the Prem and on an even keel! Bring it on!!

At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

spell the name properly. if u can't do that,then get a real job.

you're as inept as Grant

At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know- but what do you expect from a guy who jumped for joy when we sold zamora. He probably creamed his pants when we sold Collins.

Can't spell. Can't think. And he supports Inane Dickdale. Unholy trinity

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last two were definitely the same person, think you've got a hater there!

Anyway, whilst its nice to spot the positives, I've never liked fat Sam. Would've much rather Curbs had stayed. He'd steadied the ship somewhat, then it all fucks up after that. Oh well, I hope I warm to fat sam. But I'll be suprised if I do

At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

now reading are not promoted we should get shane long non stop worker

At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Clyde said...

I'm not overly chuffed if it is Big Sam. I can see the headlines now...........West Sam Utd.

But, I will proudly stand behind the manager and give him a chance to bring our wounded club back to the big time until he lets me down, just as I have done with our previous managers.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Keir Clarke said...

@anonymous at 3.22 - I do love your sense of humour.

I particularly enjoy the way you purposefully attack my spelling with a comment full of spelling and grammatical errors.

You are indeed the king of irony. Well done sir.

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any link you ever had with playing 'proper football' will disappear forever with the appointment of BFS. We too mistakenly thought that we would be hard to beat and organised and that this would be enough. It really isn't. Yes we were difficult to beat at Ewood under Sam (except when we played you lot!)and we finished mid-table a couple of times but it was horrible to watch. Long kicks, long throws, boring boring football and we sold most of our top players whilst he was manager like Santa Cruz, Warnock, Bentley etc. He did a good job for the shareholders - not spending much, selling good players and still keeping us in the prem - so Gold and Sullivan will love him maybe. The long suffering WHU fans will hate it. God help you...

At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having watched Rovers closely while he wsass manager, Im happy to endorse his managerial credentials. In thje first season 5 points off sfety at Christmas, looking dead certsd for re;legation and surving comfortablt. In trhe second sreason a 10 th place finish sand League Cup semi-final.
Yes the football is direct but not as bad as you wou;ld think


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