There’s no question that West Ham has enjoyed a wonderful stretch in the opening of the Premier League year, sitting in a Champions League qualification spot at fourth place. Notable wins for the Easton London side have come over Liverpool and league title-holders Manchester City.
Nonetheless, Allardyce’s managing career wasn’t always filled with underdog glory, especially when Newcastle axed him due to poor performance back in 2008.
Current Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has endured the spite of fans blaming him for the Magpies’ misfortune this year, but a League Cup victory over the Sky Blues and win over Tottenham in league competition has the Toons riding high.
Being in a similar position himself, Allardyce commended the resolve Newcastle chairmans to ignore the calling of fans to take action.
“The big thing is that with David Sullivan and David Gold here and Mike Ashley at Newcastle, they haven’t taken the bait,” he said. And really it is full marks to them for showing some solidarity within the club by knowing that the manager is good enough and they hopefully in the end, the patience that they are showing pays off.”
Allardyce went on to discuss the volatility of head coaching jobs in the BPL, calling out the lack of “patience” in the sport for those leading the daily strategy and operation of the squad.
“I think in the end, what many managers have had to cope with over the seasons, is the huge amount of change. There is no patience in this game for allowing that change. That is the big problem in this game – the patience is zero nearly.”