Andy Carroll believes that under-fire manager Sam Allardyce will be able to deliver European football once West Ham United have moved into their new Olympic Stadium home, according to the Mirror.
A run of four consecutive defeats has seen West Ham slip back down to 14th position, and with two games to go, they are still not quite mathematically safe.
The manager's long-ball style of play, which sees Carroll used as a target man, has drawn criticism from Irons fans, and last week, during the 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, a banner reading "Fat Sam Out; Killing WHU" was unveiled by a section of the away support.
Despite his knowledge of the criticism, Carroll remains optimistic about the future of the London-based club.
“There is no better man for the job. I don't know any other manager who could come in and do the job he has done here," Carroll said.
“What he has done for West Ham has been great. You also see his record at Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn and he is a great manager. That is why he has got the record he has.
“He has faced pressure at other clubs and he has been fine with it. He is a great person as well as a manager. That is why we have such a good attitude around the camp. Sam will push the players on and, moving into the new stadium, there is no doubt European football is a possibility."
The 25-year-old was a £15million signing from Liverpool this summer, but has only managed two goals since his transfer became permanent.
However, he thinks that he can help the club move up the table in future, saying: “I think West Ham will become a massive club – even bigger than it is now. We are moving into a great stadium and it is going to be even better once it is developed. I don’t see why we cannot push for Europe.”
Carroll has also voiced his criticism of those who talk about Allardyce as a long-ball coach, feeling that it is unfair on the players and on the 59-year-old.
He added: “When we need to play that way, we use it. But a number of teams play that way. We watched the Chelsea game and they played long balls. Arsenal have done the same, but they don’t get tarnished with it. It’s unfair on Sam.”
The striker missed the first half of the season with a heel injury, but he has now made a full recovery and hopes to earn a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup.
He said: “Playing at the World Cup in Brazil is possibly the best thing you can do as a footballer and it will be a shame if I miss out.
“But I have done everything that I can. I have been injured and I have worked hard to get back. Fingers crossed, I can get into the squad.”
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