FAN'S VIEW: Time running out for Allardyce at West Ham (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
Send photos, video and news by texting GUARDIAN SERIES to 80360 (cost 10p), or upload here
Hammers fan Jack Teague says time is running out for Big Sam at Upton Park after another home defeat
Updated 11:28am Tuesday 22nd April 2014 in Football
On Saturday West Ham United managed to serve up yet another pathetic home performance which leaves me wondering if Sam Allardyce’s tenure should now be brought to an end.
Crystal Palace might be in the form of their lives but the dull, predictable, safety first approach which we’ve come to expect during the Allardyce era was evident again and I struggle to get excited about going to games at the moment.
And I’m not the only one.
We gave a reasonable account of ourselves at Arsenal but they looked nervous and we went in front without ever looking like having the ability to pile on the pressure and really test them.
We just sat back invited an equaliser and from then on it was game over. In fact, I’m struggling to think of many periods of games, never mind entire games, where we’ve bossed matches and imposed ourselves on the opposition.
I know we’re West Ham and everything’s relative but I’ve grown up on Harry Redknapp’s West Ham. Admittedly often appalling away from home, but at home, we used to guarantee almost anyone a game.
Evening games against some of the big boys have brought some of my best memories at Upton Park but what really bothers me at the moment is we set up with a solid base and bar lumping it up to Andy Carroll, we don’t seem to have a contingency plan.
That was evident at the start of the season when so poor was our other option - Modibo Maiga - that we ended up going with a 4-6-0.
David Sullivan promised "pace and goals" when questioned about transfer targets but we have next to none of the former and few real threats when it comes to the latter.
Even the players in our side who possess a good turn of pace, Stewart Downing to an extent and Matt Jarvis even more so, are deployed so deep they practically play as wing backs. What’s the point in being quick if you’re receiving the ball in your own half anyway?
We’ve had a few highs; both Tottenham games spring to mind and a plethora of lows; the FA cup youth team lambs to the slaughter exercise at Nottingham Forest and the League Cup annihilation by Man City, but something changed recently.
When Allardyce cupped his ear to the fans after the Hull City game it only served to highlight the growing division between manager and supporters.
He can spout his statistics to suggest we're unlucky until he’s blue in the face, but the bottom line is we’re one defeat away from equalling our worst number of losses at home in a season (ten) and his win percentage as a manager is almost exactly the same as the sacked Gianfranco Zola (30%).
And he calls us deluded?
Comments are closed on this article.