Following on from the piece I did last week regarding Allardyce’s future at the club, the defeat to Man City will surely convince the owners that its time to get rid and move on?
Let’s be honest – we could all see it coming, couldn’t we? Nine men behind the ball and Carlton Cole up front on his own feeding off scraps was never going to end well.
I’m not Carlton’s biggest fan, but I thought he held the ball up pretty well despite having absolutely no support. And once again he was made a scapegoat, being subbed off after 65 minutes.
Then we had Enner Valencia playing left midfield – virtually left back, that’s how deep we were sitting. Eventually he was put up front with 30 mins to go and he played much better. Who would of thought a player in his correct position would perform better?
The whole attitude from the first minute to the last was shocking and I felt for the thousands of West Ham fans who made the journey, they deserved much more than this.
So why were we so disinterested? The uncertainty of the manager’s future must be playing a part and you really have to look at the owners for that. If he is not going to be here next season, just come out and say it!
On the touchline Allardyce slouched in his seat as usual with a cup of hot drink looking like he couldn’t care less. Come on, West Ham, the fans deserve more respect than that.
The whole game was embarrassing to watch, and Man City weren’t even out of second gear. Even the commentators were saying how poor we were. The performance was so flat, but why? We’ve got nothing to play for, no pressure on us, play with freedom and attack?
As usual, Allardyce was in his own little world with his comments after the game:
“Then of course we’ve gone to the other end and often you don’t get chances here as good as we had, but you have to convert them. It’s a great shame after a resilient performance, because in the main we made life difficult for Manchester City to create chances.
I mean, come on…
We had one chance where Valencia went on a decent run and forced Hart in to a good save, but to blame that result on not converting chances is just painful to listen too.
Gold and Sullivan must see this tripe he talks, surely?
“A resilient performance”– eh? I saw 11 players already on their summer holidays.
“We made life difficult for Man City” – No. We sat every man behind the ball and they still created many chances.
We had the usual side out. No Diego Poyet in the squad again and the same two subs were used – Matt Jarvis and Kevin Nolan. It was almost like he wanted to kick us while we were down. Nene and Morgan Amalfitano once again remained seated. I don’t know about anyone else, but its getting really tiring to watch West Ham these days. It’s becoming a chore!
Mark Lawrenson said on MOTD 2: “City were so helped by West Ham today. West Ham were abysmal.
“It’s like the elephant in the room. If they were going to offer Allardyce a contract, they would have offered him one already.”
Now I’m no Lawro fan, but you have to agree with him. So why haven’t the owners acted one way or the other? We keep hearing that ‘we want to finish the season well as each place is more money’ – well the performances certainly haven’t looked like that.
We’re now just twp points ahead of Everton, who sit 12th in the table. Not so long ago they were in a relegation battle!
– Since 20th December we have played won two, drawn six and lost eight.
– We’ve scored 13 goals in those 16 games, conceding 23.
– We sit 18th in the form table for the last 10 games
So where do we go from here? The owners have got to put us out of our misery and tell us what is happening regarding the manager’s position. At this moment in time I can’t see us winning another game this season.
What really frustrates me is the argument that ‘if Sam goes we could get relegated.’
Why? We’ve signed some decent players in Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho, Cheikhou Kouyate and Morgan Amalfitano, all if which have proved they are more than good enough.
Winston Reid has signed a new deal and we have a decent goalkeeper in Adrian. So why the fear of relegation? Another comment I have seen from many fans and pundits is ‘be careful what you wish for.’
I wish for better football, I wish for my team to attempt to score goals, I wish for more creativity in midfield (Amalfitano, Nene, Zarate!), I wish to be more excited about West Ham again. I could go on….
What I would like to see…
Let Sam go now and put Steve Potts in charge for the rest of the season, then re-evaluate manager options at the beginning of the summer. Lets at least finish this season showing a bit of fight.
I just hope David Sullivan makes the correct decision, as I fear Gold and Brady want to keep him for ‘business reasons.