With Sam Allardyce only keeping his job after acceding to demands from the board that his team plays more attacking football, you would think that with pre-season nearly done and dusted and a handful of new, exciting recruits to choose from, that there would be a glimmer of things to come on the pitch at this point. Far from it though, as Allardyce seems intent on thumbing his nose at the owners by serving up the exact same boring defensive anti-football that the long-suffering fans had to put up with last season. Playing same old 4-5-1 and with a gap of least 20 yards between the midfield and the lone striker, Messrs Sullivan and Gold are no doubt beginning to think that they have been mugged. Despite a win on penalties against Schalke to cheer up the fans, the football has been the same dross as last year without even a single shot on goal to count for it. Allardyce is clearly not going to be told how to play football, and despite paying lip service by giving his old mate Teddy Sherringham a part time job as attacking coach (where are you Teddy?), you can bet on this leopard not changing its spots. You have to feel sorry for all the poor souls who were persuaded to part with their hard-earned cash for another season ticket. If it was me I would be sending it back for a refund under the Trades Description act. What a laughable state the club is in again. I know this is only pre-season, and in the words of Mr Allardyce the pre-season games are for the sole purpose of getting fit (not for trying out new tactics then?), I can pretty safely say that this is as good as it’s going to get.