Under-pressure Allardyce remains bullish ahead of Spurs derby

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce faced the press today ahead of the weekend clash with Spurs and remains bullish about his position and the performances of his West Ham team.

A recent poll involving the co-operation and participation of 16 West Ham fan-related websites revealed an emphatic 77.95% of supporters wanted Big Sam's tenure at the club to end.

Last weekend's 1-0 reverse to West Brom was the Hammers' fourth consecutive defeat and a pretty damning banner was unfurled by the West Ham support with the words "Fat Sam Out Killing WHU".

Allardyce has been heavily criticised by branches of the support for his notorious brand of direct football. Whilst it has a habit of keeping teams in the Premier League – the remit he was given by the West Ham's fans let's not forget – it can be a little one-dimensional, even ugly, some would say.

It is a system that Allardyce is certain to stick with for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in the day's early 12:45 KO though.

The Hammers boss faced the press today ahead of the derby clash against Spurs and was bullish and optimistic about his future...

Recent heavy criticism

"Hostility in terms of disapproval of what you're doing or not doing is part of the job. All together, everybody keeps telling me about how we need to play and what performances we need to give, but in our last four games all of our performances have been very good."

The "results-business"

"Against Arsenal the overall performance was there, then Crystal Palace and West Brom, everyone talks about possession and we out-possessed both Crystal Palace and West Brom, but because we haven't won everyone perceives that they were poor performances."

Dealing with criticism

"Of course it bothers you, but you don't let it affect your clear thinking. You concentrate on the players and make sure they continue to strive to get better and better."

Rumours of his potential removal by the board

"You've got to remember that we're all in this together and that's why we are where we are. We're trying to progress the football club, so I'm delivering what the owners want, and at the moment we've got what we want."

Eliminating basic errors

"If we are to beat Tottenham it's no good to continue to play well if we carry on making basic errors. West Brom's goal was down to our poor defending, not their ability and we have to eradicate that. We have to put the ball in the net when the chances come because otherwise the pressure heaps on you more than it should."

How to beat Spurs

"We have to be very wary of what their strengths are and make sure their strengths are nullified. Then we have to make sure we use our strengths to try and break their defensive unit down and take our chances when we get them."

Team news ahead of the clash

"Only Marco Borriello is still injured and the rest of the team are available, which gives me a selection process which is for me to decide which is the best eleven to go out and try and win our last home game. Winning the last home game [is important] because you want to send everyone home happy."


Should Big Sam still be at West Ham next season? He certainly thinks so.

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