The original plan was to kick off this blog with an end of season review – a breakdown of the highs and lows – and a look ahead to a fresh new season. But with the amount of discontent oozing from the terraces these last few weeks, it is impossible to keep quiet.
I’d like to state that I have been a supporter of Sam Allardyce, I was pleased when he arrived, and delighted of how things were going under his command – mainly because we seemed like a team who took some beating, and would no longer roll over. However, this season has in my mind been one of the most depressing, boring & long winded campaigns since the days of Glenn Roeder – & the sad part about that statement is because back in August I, like most, had very high hopes.
The arrivals of Andy Carroll & Stewart Downing to join the likes of Mo Diame, Kevin Nolan, Winston Reid and Matt Jarvis – lead me to believe that we actually had a group of players that would not only survive this Premier League, but compete, and thrive. But we haven’t, not by a long shot.
Allardyce will use the excuse of injuries, namely Carroll’s heel, which hampered us terribly for the 1st half of the campaign. But lets be honest, since his return there hasn’t been much improvement – and I don’t blame Carroll, his work rate & desire are second to none. I blame the manager for these direct & predictable tactics – the ‘Fingers Crossed Tactics’ I like to call them, where we hoof it up to the big man and hope something will come from it. Its boring, its amateur and its not West Ham.
We are lead to believe from the rumours that Sam is on his way out. The board have had enough and want to change. However I’m not so sure. Gold & Sullivan have stuck by him before, and I think they will again. Unless David Moyes is keen then you have to admit, it would be a huge gamble.
Laudrup – plays great football, and would attract a few decent players – however he was sacked from Swansea, and there must be a serious reason for that.. Are we willing to find out the truth?
Bilic – Would be welcomed with open arms by all. A top player for the club in the season he was here, however he is not proven at this level as a manager. Again, too much of a risk.
& Mackay – As much as he did a great job at Cardiff, and was treating poorly by the Chairman there – he did spend an awful lot of money without much success. Not proven himself in this league in my opinion – so a no-go for me.
So as far as I can see, its Moyes, or stick with the fingers crossed tactics for another season.