Sam Allardyce looks to have a real fight on his hand if he wants to keep his job at West Ham United, as various whispers in and around the club, aswell as various Newspaper and Media outlets suggest that Allardyce could be on his way out of the club.
Co Chairman David Gold and David Sullivan are normally quite reluctant to sack managers, but with the Hammers negative performances over the last few weeks and months coming to ahead, Sullivan and Gold respectively may need to act fast in order to save the Hammers season, and therefore avoiding another Avram Grant style campaign.
West Ham have lost four of their last five Premier League games and sit in seventeenth place in the Premier League table, only seperated by goal difference from Fulham and Crystal Palace respectively following two defeats in a week, against Crystal Palace, and of course Saturday’s 4-1 defeat away at Liverpool.
Allardyce is now unfortunately under increasing pressure over poor results, performances and the club’s lack of striking options, ever since the injury to record transfer Andy Carroll. Club captain Kevin Nolan’s red card at Anfield also underlined dissatisfaction among Hammers supporters, who are frustrated about Nolan’s stature in the side.
Gold and Sullivan will probably dip into the transfer market to sign a striker, in order to calm the supporters worries, with striker Andy Carroll a few months away from a full recovery.
Despite Allardyce guiding the East London club to a promotion winning campaign in the 2011/12 season, the clubs supporters have become rather frustrated over the past few months, after the Hammers recent slump in form, and Allardyce’s notorious playing style, which has angered some fans who want to see their side play ” the West Ham way “.
The Hammers have only won once since their 3-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur in early October, and defeats against sides in and around them such as Norwich City and Crystal Palace has put the club in serious danger in being in the bottom three at the turn of the new year, and a defeat against fellow strugglers Sunderland could quite possibly force the board to act quickly.
Players such as Kevin Nolan and Jussi Jaaskelainen have been up and down performance wise, with the Finnish goalkeeper Jaaskelainen at fault for two of the goals in the defeat at Norwich in early November.
Nolan’s red card at Liverpool means he will miss the league games against Sunderland and Manchester United, while Stewart Downing has joined the injury list after being fouled by Jon Flanagan on Saturday.
Allardyce needs results to pick up quicly, and with no real striker to chose from, Sam may have his work cut out at The Boleyn Ground, after home defeats against Stoke City, Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea as Upton park is becoming a rather happy hunting ground for many travelling sides, whereas in the past it was a real fortress and a melting pot of atmosphere and passion.
If either Gold or Sullivan decide to sack Allardyce, they may then turn to former West Ham favourite Paulo Di Canio, who has recently been sacked by Sunderland. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay would be a popular appointment, but it is understood West Ham would have to pay £3 million in compensation for the Scotsman.
Has Sam’s bubble burst then ?
By Ben Reardon