Captain Kevin Nolan has given manager Sam Allardyce his full support following the reports that today’s match against Manchester City will be Big Sam’s last as West Ham manager.
Nolan has issued strong words directed firmly at the board, by declaring that the squad are all shocked by the rumours and that removing Sam will be a huge mistake.
“It shocked a lot of the boys,” said Nolan. “We found it all quite surprising to be honest and we are still quite shocked that people can write that stuff.
“If you ask anyone in that dressing room, the gaffer has got the full backing of every one of us.
“It’s a sad occasion when we are talking about him getting sacked after the magnificent job he has done over the last three seasons and I’ve been a part of that with him.
“I’ve seen the difference he’s made from when he first walked in – the state of the club from then to what it is now – I’m sure the owners would recognise the magnificent job he’s done.
“I firmly believe and the gaffer firmly believes we could have done a lot better, we know that, but there’s been some massive obstacles.
“So I’d tell the chairman you’ve got to stick with him because you’ve only got to look at what he built at Bolton. He took us from a Championship side to Europe in five years and his record speaks for itself when he’s given time to develop a club.”