West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is being unfair in relation to his new contract at Upton Park.
The reason Big Sam is being unfair because the reports suggesting that he won’t sign a new deal until West Ham are safe from the drop, are hardly noble.
Granted, the Hammers aren’t mathematically out of trouble just yet but you’d expect him to sign on the dotted line, get it over and done with and move forward with the rest of the season.
It doesn’t exactly give the West Ham fans the best impression, with the obvious statement that Allardyce will turn his back on the side rather than go back into the Championship and rebuild.
It shouldn’t matter to the manager of a side, the status or profile of his team because he should be fully committed and believe that his methods are the right ones to drive the side forward.
It’s unlikely to backfire on him because West Ham are likely to stay in the Premier League but there are plenty of fans out there, who don’t forget little things like this easily or quickly.
It’s also baffling considering the wages that he is reportedly being offer which are in the region of £2 million per year, amazing considering the Hammers’ playing budget in terms of getting new players has been drastically reduced since the new owners came in.
Add to all of this the fact that in 2016, West Ham are going to move into a new stadium, which will help them reach a level alongside the best clubs around London as they enjoy new wealth and new opportunities.
Maybe it’s not such a bad thing that he has such an obvious lack of commitment to West Ham because you won’t find many fans on the street, who would want Allardyce in charge of their side when that time comes.
It also stinks that a target of 38 points now seems to be the ultimate ambition for the club this season. It is all about safety but it’s another negative aspect to a batch of negative comments.
There was absolutely no need to come out with this sort of statement, instead he could have said something like we’re aiming to break into the top half of the table by the end of May, fully knowing that it was all about staying up.
Football is as much of a PR game these days as it is a sport and in this case, Allardyce is being grossly unfair to loyal and honest supporters of the club.
West Ham fans, are you happy with Allardyce’s agenda?
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