Dead man walking

West Ham wrapped up their woeful pre-season tour of New Zealand with yet another defeat to minnows Sydney FC this morning.

In what was once again a poor performance from a side that has been in the headlines this week for all things negative, West Ham fell to a 3-1 defeat, and already before the Premier League season kicks off, Sam Allardyce’s future has been put into question.

Most fans will struggle to remember a pre-season in which so much has gone wrong in such little time. With 2 draws and 2 defeats out of 4 games, Andy Carroll ruled out for months once again and a new signing injured… You’ll forgive West Ham fans for feeling less than optimistic this morning.

But the troubling issue at the club this week has been the falling out of the owners and manager regarding the future of Ravel Morrison.

Chairman David Sullivan has publicly stated that the manager does not want Morrison at the club, and that the board disagree – and want to offer him a new long-term deal. For me, this spells serious trouble already.

Allardyce was given a stay of execution at the end of last season, as the owners decided to stick with the man following lengthy meetings & presentations by Big Sam regarding plans for the future – despite fans demanding he be removed from his position as manager.

Yet it seems that despite the owners backing him only a mere 3 months ago, Allardyce has fallen out with the board, and you must wonder.. How long has this man really got left?

At the end of last season, when Big Sams future was the hot topic of discussion, I stated that even if Sam stays on as boss, he will be a ‘dead man walking’ this season – and this comment I stand by.

Sam Allardyce will not survive as manager this season. The fans have had enough, the board have had enough and by the looks of it, so have the players.

However with the club publicly backing Sam not so long ago, he will at least be given a chance. But judging by this pre-season so far, I cannot see Sam surviving more than 10 Premier League games.


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