With the ‘Allardyce to be Sacked’ gossip now reaching fever pitch, last night a well placed source within the club has confirmed that next week Big Sam will be attending a meeting with the clubs owners, and is ‘highly likely’ be let go as manager of the club.
Both Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have grown increasingly frustrated with the teams lack of quality shown week in week out, and feel that surviving this campaign by the skin of our teeth simply is not good enough following the amount of investment made on the playing staff.
The club has invested a combined total of around £31m on transfer fees for Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Matt Jarvis – who were all hand picked by Allardyce to lead our front line – and between them they have scored a total of 3 goals this season. Andy Carroll was injured for the 1st half of the campaign however, which will be taken into account.
In addition, during the summer West Ham did have wheels in motion to sign Wilfried Bony – however Allardyce insisted Carroll was our top priority. Bony since moved to Swansea City and has so far scored 25 goals alone.
Another big reason for the clubs decision to call time on Allardyce is his ever-decreasing poor relationship with the supporters. The fans have grown tired of the negative one-dimensional style of football, especially as it does not produce positive results. And a recent poll of over 12,000 fans showed that 78% want Sam out.
The club has so far remained silent on the issue, however expect a comment soon from the board that ‘decisions will not be made until the season is over’.
At this stage one thing is for certain – Allardyce is on very thin ice, and the sounds of cracking are getting louder.