West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is coming under increasing pressure due to the style of football being employed at the club. Allardyce is known as a manager who favours route one football. Even though this is not the most pleasing to watch, it has helped him get results whereby he has gone. Allardyce was crucial in getting West Ham back from the championship into the Premier league. However, the fans are not certainly happy with the style of football they are seeing every week. This has further increased pressure on owner David Sullivan, who has given the dreaded vote of confidence to the manager.
Allardyce was in danger of being sacked towards the end of 2013, but an impressive turn of results have put the club closer to the top half of the table. The manager has an incredible track record of getting results at his previous clubs, who have been relegated after his departure.
Allardyce, though, has defended accusations that he does not play a beautiful brand of football. According to him, it is vital that results come first before style. He says that just by taking a couple of points in the next few matches, the club can look forward to next campaign.
He says that without results, performance does not mean anything.
“We’ve had preliminary discussions but all of those have been on hold for the last four games. We were on 37 points and we all said: ‘Just pick up another couple and we can really look to plan for next season.’ At the end of the day, performances mean nothing if you don’t get results. At times we play good football and create chances but when we lose matches on a regular basis it’s not acceptable for anybody, never mind me, the fans, the players,” said Allardyce.