I walked away from the Boleyn after the Hull game with a sense of shame on two levels; the ludicrous booing at full time and the frustration that we couldn’t get out of our half in the second period. Now let me ask you this question, have you ever been booed at work? No? Exactly. I know you will say they earn triple what I earn and I’m paying to see them play. You would, of course, be correct.
This, however, is why I felt ashamed because despite the nervy performance our team won, and picked up a vital three points. There is an old cliché in football “win ugly”, I know It seems as if that’s all we do at the moment, but I don’t think we can be too picky not until we are mathematically safe. The most frustrating thing was, however, the lack of urgency to get forward.
We were against 10 men and created one opportunity in the second half. Yet Allardyce can afford to cup his ear in an arrogant fashion as if to say: “What? We got the three points what more do you want?” Now, this is where I can understand the boos to a degree, Allardyce is the 13th most paid manager in football so by cupping his ears at full time to the working class men who have to pay £50 a ticket to watch their side struggle to get out of their half wasn’t his finest move.
The relationship between the fans and Allardyce is already at breaking point, and his gesture may have put that relationship beyond repair in some people’s eyes. I am an Allardyce supporter but do I want him for the foreseeable future? No. Is he doing a good job now? Yes. He got us up, now he is doing the job of stabilising the club. It isn’t pretty at times but for now survival is the key, and Allardyce will achieve this