Despite a minor blip in an otherwise good run of form in the shape of a 2-1 defeat away at a very strong Everton side on Saturday, the West Ham fans are seemingly behind their team and manager more than ever before.
Sam Allardyce lead his team to promotion just a couple of seasons ago and bagged the club a cool £120million in prize money in what is thought to be the biggest prize money for a one-off game in all of football – winning the Championship Play-off final.
Understandably, everyone involved were elated with the success the club was enjoying, the consistency of performance carried over to the following season – the first back in the Premier league and they enjoyed a stable campaign finishing mid-table.
Big money has been spent over the course of big Sam’s tenure at the club, suggesting the faith seen in him by the board of directors – formerly owners of Birmingham City, Karren Brady, David Gold and David Sullivan.
High profile players have been brought in to bolster the squad over the last few seasons including the multimillion pound signing of ex-Newcastle and Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who put pen to paper on a six-year deal at the club when he joined.
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Andy Carroll on his day is one of the most prolific and deadly strikers in the premier league and is a defender’s worst nightmare, however he has been somewhat injury prone since joining the Hammers and has suffered a lengthy spell out on the side-lines for the best part of eight months plus.
He has recently been looking to get his match fitness back after overcoming his injury and hoping to cement his place back in Big Sam’s side and get scoring once again. Another high profile signing that Allardyce has introduced is Alex Song, with experience ranging from Arsenal to Barcelona, he is considered one of the world’s talented midfield players.
Wearing the No.30 for the Hammers he has remained consistent and proved his worth in terms of quality and outstanding performance. From the goal posts all the way to the front, Big Sam seems to have it covered, with key players such as:
Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll, Alex Song, Mauro Zarate, Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te, Matt Jervis, Chiekhou Kouyate, Stewart Downing.
Things seems to be in check as far as the quality of his side his concerned.
Doubts Eased, Job Saved
Allardyce didn’t have a great campaign last season and many were wondering whether or not he was the right man to take the club forward, however with the chairman’s backing he has since turned the ship around and put most critics to bed with an impressive start to the season and a good run of form.
The club currently sit sixth in the Barclays Premier League and have been delighting fans as of late. Questions have even started to circulate about Allardyce’s long term commitment to the club with the FA reportedly putting him in pole position to succeed Roy Hodgson as England boss.
It just goes to show how fickle football can be; one minute they are calling for your head the next they want you to sign a ten-year deal extension.