One area of modern football that divides supporters straight down the middle is booing a bad performance. Every team around the world has encountered their fans booing but since Big Sam took over at West Ham, it has been almost expected at the Boleyn Ground when the Hammers fail to dominate against a team in and around us in the league table.
Due to the old school fans who grew up with the ‘West Ham Way’, Allardyce has struggled to convince Irons fans that he can take the club further, and with an entertaining style of play, though often they are not the boo boys. It generally comes with the newer breed of supporters, those who rely on the tales and songs about the likes of Moore, Brooking and Bonds. These young fans have grown up in a Premier League era where everything is about results and anything but instant success if deemed failure.
Allardyce has been given time and backing from the club, which is admirable in the hire and fire times of the Premiership. But he is a manager stuck in his ways. Every now and then there is a glimpse of skill on the Boleyn pitch but often it’s a Joe Cole or Mo Diame ignoring the barking Big Sam on the touchline. With Sam in the hot seat the club won’t progress and with the Olympic Stadium on the horizon, if we are to attract investors and players, then Sam should be on his way in the summer.
The club needs to be brave and appoint a figure that could become the next Brendan Rodgers or Roberto Martinez and pull this club out of the belief that survival is success. The performance against Hull was deplorable, at no point when the visitors were down to 10 men did West Ham dominate, and Allardyce can cup his ear and criticise the fans but were it not for a laughable own goal and a lucky penalty, West Ham would have lost the game and Allardyce wouldn’t have had a leg to stand on.
The result papered over the cracks andI sympathise with those around the Boleyn Ground frustrated by what they were seeing and unleashing that anger after splashing their hard earned cash. Whilst booing is not always the answer it has a time and a place in football and is far more striking after gaining three points over one or none. The future of the club depends on how long Big Sam is at the helm, the longer it goes on the stickier the situation gets and the more boos that will ring out around the Boleyn Ground .
It may be pricey to cut ties with Allardyce but the summer is the right time and if Gold and Sullivan are serious about a bright future for the Hammers then they will make the move and employ an entertaining and stylish manager.