Charles Pulling for Back Page Football:
A marriage of convenience it may have been, but Allardyce’s time at West Ham has, for the most part been a success. Allardyce has delivered on his targets of achieving a return to the premier League and solidified that status, all operating under less-than ideal financial constraints. This season West Ham have – despite Karen Brady’s comments – exceeded all expectations in terms of success in the league.
The stick Sam Allardyce gets makes no sense. He’s a good manager, could perhaps be considered a great one, with a proven track record of managing poor to medium teams to consistent results above expectations. He’s never got a chance to manage one of the elites so we do not know how he would do with a squad full of stars.
Nevertheless, West Ham are looking to replace him, according to Pulling’s article. Interestingly, Pulling cites the popularity of Slaven Bilić to be a reason for West Ham’s board to pick him as Allardyce’s successor:
One element that would make the former West Ham defender attractive to Gold, Sullivan and Brady would be his popularity with West Ham supporters, the ownership being acutely aware of the vitriol regularly aimed at the current boss.
That’s not a good reason. I don’t think the board would be too concerned how the supporters feel about a new manager — I hope not at least, they should be more concerned about picking the “right” man for the job.
Anyway, great piece by Pulling.