I have to say it’s great to be a West Ham fan at the moment. We’re flying high in the Premier League and many fans, including myself, believe we can genuinely finish in the European places.
Who would have thought that in January earlier this year? We were dumped out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest and humiliated by Manchester City 9-0 on aggregate in the Capital One Cup semi-final. Those were dark days for any Hammers fan and the writing was certainly on the wall for Sam Allardyce.
The TV and radio pundits have been saying recently that David Gold and David Sullivan deserve credit for sticking with Sam Allardyce. Of course they do, especially in this hiring and firing culture in football today. Our brilliant start confirms they were right not to sack Allardyce. They must have seriously been thinking of firing Big Sam, because some of the performances were dreadful last season, and things didn’t look to be improving.
However, when the pundits say that the fans shouldn’t have begged for Big Sam to be sacked, then they are wroing. The style of play for the majority of last season was absolutely appalling. That, coupled with losing a lot of games, meant the manager and club needed to change philosophy in the summer.
If the fans hadn’t voiced their concern last year it might never have happened.