West Ham’s Valentine’s Day massacre at the hands of West Bromwich Albion last week may be the final nail in Sam Allardyce’s managerial coffin.
The Hammers, who had their hopes set on a successful run in the FA Cup, were once again left embarrassed after a “shameful” performance – according to ‘keeper Adrian – that saw them dumped out in a 4-0 humiliation.
West Ham’s promising and at times enthralling season is now at risk of stagnating and following fans directing abuse at Allardyce at the Hawthorns it looks like he may’ve blown his chance of securing a new deal.
The Irons boss once again blamed injuries and the size of his squad for the appalling display in the cup, much like after last term's disasters at Nottingham Forest and Manchester City, but with the transfer window shutting just two weeks ago so it’s not an excuse that goes down well.
His fixture list complaint also proved to be complete nonsense as the Hammers’ schedule has been no more taxing than most other clubs.
He has failed to take any responsibility when things have gone wrong during his tenure and even refused to apologise to the fans, this lack of empathy suggests he has no interest in developing a relationship with them which is a big indicator that he won’t be at the helm for much longer.
Furthermore, despite the Hammers’ climb up the table this year and an improvement in their performances, the Upton Park faithful (a large majority) are still quick to turn on the manager and vent their frustrations at any opportunity.
The relationship is one that will never be harmonious no matter what Allardyce is to achieve and the owners David Sullivan and David Gold haven’t always seen eye to eye with him, either, so they may see the unforgivable cup performance as a good excuse to part ways.
Time is up
Had Allardyce led the Hammers to cup glory or perhaps even the final his job may’ve been safe, and he could still rescue it with a top-six league finish, although it is looking increasingly likely his time is up no matter what happens from now until the end of the season.
With West Ham on the verge of bursting onto the big time with their move to the Olympic Stadium just over a year away, they need a manager who everyone at the club can get behind.
Allardyce may not be the one to meet their ambitions but a new manager will need some time to bed in and it’s a gamble for the east London outfit because their is one thing Big Sam is and that’s consistent.
With a new manager things could get worse before they get better, as we have seen is frequently the case at other clubs.
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