West Ham United are in danger of heading back into a relegation battle.
For most of the season disgruntled Hammers fans directed their anger at veteran boss Sam Allardyce, as West Ham’s direct style of play isn’t for the purists but it usually gets results. Recently though, the wins have dried up for the Irons and it is getting a bit too much for some fans of the East London club.
On Saturday West Ham lost 1-0 away at relegation battlers West Brom. During that loss angry Hammers fans unfurled a banner which read “Fat Sam Out. Killing WHU” as they called for their manager to be fired.
The loss to West Brom was Hammers’ fourth-straight defeat as Allardyce’s men have now lost six of their last eight after an upsurge in results after the festive period. Yet with recent defeats to Crystal Palace and West Brom, the Hammers are now just six points off the drop and it could be five if Cardiff or Sunderland win on Sunday. The likelihood is that West Ham will stay up but they do like to make life difficult for themselves.
Allardyce addressed that and the growing unrest against himself and his managerial tactics.
“We’ve put ourselves in a very difficult position with Tottenham at home and Manchester City away still to come,” Allardyce said. “We’ve thrown away chances to get points against teams around or below us. We leave ourselves hanging on and we don’t want to be like that but we haven’t found the formula. It’s not for me to get concerned about off-field stuff. It’s for me to focus on these players getting better and getting results. I can understand their disapproval because we haven’t won for four games – that happens everywhere when it’s not going well. I accept the criticism coming my way because it’s my responsibility to get it right.”
Big Sam is taking the criticism on the chin but you have to ask yourselves whether or not the Hammers have leveled out under the former Bolton Wanderers boss. They did create plenty of decent chances against the Baggies but Andy Carroll has been out of sorts and he is central to their direct style of play.
Will this poor finish to the season cost Big Sam his job?