Sam Allardyce is having a tough time at the helm of West Ham United who are hurting from back to back heavy defeats.
Last week the FA Cup fixture away at Nottingham Forest and the Capital One Cup semi final first leg at the Etihad may have had some Hammers fans thinking that the league was the most important anyway so cup competitions are simply a bonus.
A week on and a 5-0 whitewash in Nottingham followed by a 6-0 drumming last night in Manchester make difficult reading for any side.
Even the most optimistic, ambitious and die hard West Ham fan would find it nearly impossible to imagine that the Hammers can somehow turn around a six-goal deficit to make the Capital One Cup final.
The Nottingham Forest loss was accredited to lack of resources at West Ham and the Manchester City defeat is not out of the ordinary for the Citizens this year.
So the attention must turn to Premier League survival.
The upcoming games are away at Cardiff and home against Newcastle for Allardyce's side over the next nine days and having not won since November, it feels like they must get points sooner rather than later.
The experience and know how that Allardyce has suggests that West Ham should think twice about showing him the door.
Particularly when thinking back to Blackburn and Newcastle's demise shortly after Allardyce leaving the respective clubs.
The options for a new manager seem decidedly thin too so perhaps the squad would be better off with the current boss doing his best to get them out of the rut.
West Ham are three points adrift of safety and their superior goal difference is a significant factor for the teams struggling at the bottom of the table.
A win against Cardiff and assuming Crystal Palace do not beat Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane would see West Ham climb out of the bottom three.
All is certainly not lost for Allardyce and his team but with morale dangerously low, a confidence boosting result to the team will be the order of the day at the weekend.
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