We suggest four things Sam Allardyce might want to say in his critical board meeting next week that will help him keep his job at West Ham
East London’s claret and blue jury is out on Big Sam Allardyce and in 10 days he will learn his fate as the manager of the well-revered Premier League club .
A convincing 78% of fans voted against Allardyce keeping his job in an online poll run by 16 West Ham websites, blogs and forums despite him leading the East London club to a respectable 13th position in the final Premier League table.
The board have promised fans they’ll assess how well the manager has fulfilled his objectives, explore potential managerial replacements and availability and then meet Allardyce again to hear his side of the argument.
Here’s four things we suggest Allardyce tells them in that meeting...
1. “I’ll get Ravel back and motivated: he can make the fans sing again”
The Ex-Manchester United maverick was a revelation early in the season putting high-class teams to the sword with his unpredictability, directness and sheer arrogance. Allardyce needs to properly harness his talent and build a team around him, not loan him out to Championship teams so the fans can watch him do the business for a London rival. In short, it's "arm around" time.
2. “Buying another striker will bring the very best out of big Andy Carroll”
Kevin Nolan is in the autumn of his footballing career – the fans certainly know as much – and Andy Carroll needs someone more reliable, with more pace, more ability and a more modern approach to play alongside him and bring the best out of him. West Ham paid £15m for Carroll but have yet to invest properly in order to extract his best work. Another striker to compliment Carroll is absolutely essential to take the team forward stylistically.
3. “Given the right players, I’ll happily be more experimental with regard to our patterns of play”
There can be no dispute that Allardyce is the man to keep West Ham in the Premier League once again in 2014/15. It’s the manner in which he does it which the fans don’t like. If Gold and Sullivan can be persuaded to open the purse strings again for the right players in the right positions then Allrdyce should propose a more expansive system to play at home and appease the fans: players that can still produce points as well as entertainment.
4. “Do you really need more upheaval here before the Olympic park move?”
David Gold and David Sullivan’s main priority is to stay in the Premier League and Big Sam’s presence practically ensures them of top-flight status. Why take the risk of changing the manager, the philosophy of the football and the playing personnel when the massive upheaval to the Olympic stadium occurs in only two years’ time? Imagine if the club were in a period of disarray in the Championship when the move occurred: nope, West Ham need stability and Big Sam can provide this, no problem. He needs to make sure this point is very clear.