Wow, I didn’t see that coming. In an interview with The Mail, Sam Allardyce has come out with some extraordinary comments about West Ham, that befits someone who knows that they are on the way out of the club. Despite assurances to the contrary from David Gold, it now seems that the tide has turned for Big Sam, and he is now odds-on in my book for the chop at the end of the season.
After David Sullivan’s extraordinary apology to the fans at the end of season bash, and the online vote that went massively against him, Sam has been talking to the Mail, and all things combined leave the distinct impression that he is for the chop at the end of season debrief in Sullivan’s mansion. Mr Allardyce said, “I have more ambition than West Ham ever have. I have more ambition than them, or the same ambition as them.
“I want to get into Europe. I want to get into the new stadium. I want to win a cup. If I don’t have ambition I don’t do this job.
“If I don’t have drive, or motivation, I don’t do this job. I am ambitious. I have seen it all before and you use your experience to try to achieve that ambition. Can West Ham match my ambition? Eventually, yes. It is whether everyone is patient enough to wait to get there. That is the problem today: a lack of patience across the board.”
When Big Sam was asked whether he would still be in charge when the Hammers moved into the Olympic Stadium, he said “As the average life of a manager is 13 months you would have to say “no”, being realistic.
“We’ve had more (managerial) changes in the Premier League than ever before and one never knows when it’s going to happen to you. You have to do the best with the resources you’ve got.
“This club was in the Championship when I came here and I have delivered what I have been asked to deliver. I did what Gus Poyet did at Sunderland, but six or seven weeks ago. So if I had done it now instead of then would everyone be singing my praises? Probably yes.”
The line that is most curious is: “I have more ambition than West Ham ever have. I have more ambition than them, or the same ambition as them.”
Now that just sounds a bit odd, when looked at on its own, so there is a chance that he may have been quoted out of context, and it is The Mail after all.
But generally I think that Sullivan has had enough, and is willing to ring the changes to keep the fans happy and get West Ham playing more attractive stuff. There also have been plenty of fans claiming that they will not be renewing their season tickets if Sam stays at the helm, and that in itself is enough to make Sullivan sit up and take action.
Interesting days ahead!