No it's not about what's good for Sam Allardyce, it's about what's good for West Ham. As a boy, I lived, drank and ate West Ham. My Dad and Granddad would often talk about their favourite game. A game that was played before I was even born. The game was the 1965 European Cup Winners Cup Final between the German club TSV Munich and West Ham, played at Wembley. A game that West Ham won 2-0. The thing that they took the most pride in, was not the result, but the wonderful flowing football produced by the Hammers that night. One of the finest games of football Wembley has ever seen, they would enthuse over and over again.
As a lad growing up, West Ham would be just like the club song Bubbles, they would promise so much but inevitably those dreams would fade..and die. Even when we would get beaten 5-3 or 5-2 Dad would enthuse .."We were magnificent in defeat. We played some beautiful football." When he had to work on Saturday, the first thing he would do when he got in from a twelve hour shift, would be to grab a beer, sit down and listen to Peter Lorenzo's match reports.
Listen, if you think the sky pundits are biased in favour of the big clubs. Peter Lorenzo was that biased towards West Ham, it was unbelievable. Even when it West Ham were involved in a TERRIBLE 0-0 draw...he would rewrite the script and say things like "Southampton were given a lesson on how to play the game from the graduates of The Academy of Football. It was a 0-0 massacre of the innocents." The guy would of been SACKED after five minuted today!
But Dad and Granddad loved it! ALWAYS! ALWAYS! It got DRUMMED into me, the most important thing was that West Ham played football the right way, flowing, one touch football on the deck. Even when we lost the 2006 FA Cup Final in the most cruellest of fashion to Liverpool, although he was like the rest of us gutted. Pretty soon afterwards he said "Cor son! Didn't the lads do the club proud, we played football the West Ham way." Even in my choice of my favourite player, Yossi Benayoun, you can see how much of an influence Dad and Granddad have had on me Regards the type of player that I identify with as a 'West Ham player.' So yes, I can perfectly understand the concern's of some West Ham fans regards SOME of the football played under Sam Allardyce..NOT all of it.
In some of the matches, we have mixed it up and played football as good as any i've seen at The Boleyn Ground in recent years. There is NOTHING wrong in wanting to see West Ham being associated with wonderful, flowing football. I've have said over and over again..to make a success of The Olympic Stadium, you are going to have to have a manager who can play attractive football. To do that, you are going to have a team CAPABLE of playing the football we all so dearly CRAVE!
But we would move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016! Three years away! Right now what West Ham needs more than anything..is stability. Whether you like Allardyce or not..answer this question TRUTHFULLY. Can West Ham United afford ANOTHER managerial change??Truthfully..no they can't. Not a public endorsement of Sam, just simple reality.
What ever one thinks of Sam, one has got to admit at least he had the f...... balls to pitch up and say "Right I'm in with the Hammers! I will have a go at getting the club out of trouble!!" Unlike Martin O'Neill, who turned his nose up at us, or Mark Hughes who demanded a twenty five million pound 'war' chest.
SURE its NOT been pretty at times, it has been MUSCLE and blood at times. But one thing you can't accuse Allardyce or the team of is lacking courage. I have been critical of the loanees, freebies and cheapies been brought to the club. Some have been critical of Sam for bringing some of the Bolton old boys in. The problem is its difficult to bring players of quality in, when you're giving Sheffield United £6 million a season amongst other debts. Of course it's a struggle when your operating in the transfer windows under such financial restraints.
I will NEVER forgive Richard Scudamore of the Premier League, Kevin McCabe backed by Dave Whelan for hanging us up to dry. Many are hoping that Wigan beat Millwall in the FA Cup semi-final. With Dave Whelan leading Wigan out onto Wembley? After calling us cheats and saying we should of been demoted two divisions? I simply couldn't believe the NERVE of Richard Scudamore.
When I heard him mouthing off about 'Tevezgate' recently." If only West Ham had come to us, we could of advised them what clause to take out of the contract. You have to remember there were no third party rules at that time. Basically what concerned us, was that Tevez could of been moved in the transfer window, without West Ham being able to do anything about it. Which could of 'influenced' West Ham's results negatively."
So Richard, what was the difference between Tevez playing for Manchester United while owned by MSI? As though Manchester United could of stopped Kia Joorabchian moving Tevez to Manchester City! Lets face it Richard, as head of the PL, whose duty was it to go through the paperwork? The WHOLE world was STUNNED when Tevez and Mascherano pitched up at The Boleyn Ground. Surely as head of the PL you should of gone through the paperwork with a magnifying glass.
Nah..the lot of them tried to break us. 'Tevegate' was the start of a serious of cancers that would of brought far lesser clubs to their knees. In a few months time, Sheffield United will get their last payment ...and we will be free at last. With the new TV deal in place next season, it is imperative that West Ham are in the PL come August, which we will be.
That we are in the PL at all ..is largely due to Sam Allardyce, who has beenbacked by the chairman. SURE he frustrates me like you, some of the football has been dire. But when times have been tough, which they undoubtedly were after relegation .Like ol man river, ol muscle and blood has made sure the good ship West Ham United has kept rolling along. He's rolled the ship on well to 33 points...not a bad achievement is it? Be..honest now.
Time for us to stay loyal to our own, a trait of every East Ender. At this moment in time ..Sam Allardyce as manager of West Ham is one of us. Whatever your opinion of him is, it's time to get off his back. Time to let him do his job, row the good ship West Ham to safety. Yes it's DIFFICULT I know..I was BITTERLY disappointed when he sent Yossi back to Chelsea.But Sunday if Benayoun does play for Chelsea ,I hope he has a mare and Sam gets everything spot on.
Simple really ain't it? Yossi's Chelsea and Sam's West Ham. Its not about Sam it's about West Ham..always West Ham. I would LOVE to see Martinez as manager of West Ham, i'm sure some of you think the same , some might want Paolo. BUT can West Ham afford yet another managerial change? At the price of stability? I don't think so. We are more than a football club, we are a way of life! COYI'S!!