Allardyce: Stick or twist this summer?

West Ham produced another one-dimensional and uninspiring performance last night to battle past 10 man Hull City and win the game 2-1.

However, the biggest thing to come out of the game was not the three points, nor the fact that West Ham are now 11th in the Premier League Table and nor that we have almost secured our Premier League status for another year.

Last nights game was overshadowed by the booing of the home team by West Ham’s own supporters.


Having been at the game, I understand where the fans who were booing were coming from, although I don’t agree with them as booing your own team doesn’t help anyone other than the opposition.

West Ham were extremely poor, and this has not been a one-off this season, this has been a regular occurrence of West Ham producing the kind of awful one-dimensional football with zero flair which makes you want to cover your eyes.

10 Man Hull

When Hull had a player sent off I think West Ham fans were licking their lips, Hull would batten down the hatches and we would be all over them looking for goals goals goals.

However, in truth we didn’t have the flair nor the guile or creativity to unlock Hull’s defence at will, and to a neutral I think they would say Hull were hard done by and should have got something out of this game.

Not that I am complaining, a win is a win and three points very much appreciated, and I think we were owed some fortune as it was definitely hiding when we played them at their ground earlier in the season.

The Allardyce Dilemma

This brings me to the Sam Allardyce question, in the summer do we stick with atrocious football, or winning football as he likes to call it, and maintain our place in the Premier League each season at the expense of flair and attractive football?

I don’t think anyone can grumble with what Allardyce has achieved, he was given the remit of returning us to the Premier League, which he did albeit via the playoffs, and then to retain our Premier League status for the next few years which he looks set to do.

The alternative is to take a gamble on either an up and coming manager in the UK or have some serious minerals and go abroad and unearth a gem like Southampton have done with Pochettino.

We have seen Laudrup, Martinez (Wigan days) and Pochettino all do well with what you would call lesser clubs and having them playing some outstanding football in the process, so there are merits to looking abroad if we want to bring back the play on the deck football we all crave to see from our beloved West Ham.

Sam’s Disbelief

Last night had Sam Allardyce cupping his ear to the crowd listening for boos after the final whistle, he spoke of his disbelief at being booed even though he had won.

For me, I don’t think West Ham fans will ever take to Allardyce and his brand of football, it will only ever take a few bad games for the fans to want him out again.

The board was very brave in January when they kept Sam on despite the fans baying for his blood, and it proved a shrewd move with other teams who changed their manager mid-season all struggling while West Ham have had some what of a resurgence.

Next season I would like someone else in charge who the fans would well and truly back, however if we still have Sam I will know exactly what to expect and will carry on supporting my team.

About Iron Bobby

Iron Bobby is an East Londoner and a huge West Ham United fan to boot, claret and blood run through his veins and he likes nothing more than engaging with other fans about West Ham. Bobby is on Google + and Twitter if you want to contact him.

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