West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has dismissed suggestions that he has been asked to change his playing style by the club's owners.
The 59-year-old is known for playing direct and result-oriented football from his days at Bolton Wanderers, but this campaign the Hammers’ game has been different.
The London outfit have played a more-possession football and have got the necessary results as well, finding themselves seventh in the Premier League table with 10 points from seven matches heading into this weekend’s round of matches.
There were suggestions in the summer that Allardyce has been asked by club co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan that West Ham need to play more pleasing football.
However, ‘Big Sam’ has now dismissed those reports and is quoted by West Ham’s official website as saying: ‘The owners have never questioned the style of play ever. They've never said to me I have to change my style, it's a myth that they have.
‘They want better results than last season, we all do. And we've started to do that and we're playing well at the same time. We've recruited well over the summer. But it's still early into the season, a truer reflection of a squad's strength starts around 10 or 12 games’.
West Ham have made a very good start to the season, and there are even talks of the London club making it into the Europa League for the 2015-16 campaign.
However, it is still too early to tell, and the Hammers need to keep that in mind. There are so many examples of a club making a tremendous start and then fizzling out.