Success at Newcastle United and West Ham is a message to football

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Clubs should try standing by their under-fire managers more in the future.

In recent times their has certainly been something of a sacking mentality among chairman and football managers. For example Huddersfield boss Mark Robins lasted just 24 hours of the Championship campaign. Watford and Leeds have been eating up managers under their Italian owners. Manchester United, the team supposed to give their bosses time to grow, sacked David Moyes after less than a season in charge.

But recently, the trend for sticking buy a boss is getting some rave reviews, thanks to two prominent examples at notoriously difficult clubs to manage.

Sam Allardyce was struggling to win over fans at West Ham. They did not like the way he had his team playing and increasingly vocalised their opinion at Upton Park. Then there is Alan Pardew at Newcastle United. For months now fans have wanted him out, accusing owner Mike Ashley of thriftiness in his decision to stand by him.

But both West Ham and Newcastle fans are currently enjoying an excellent spell of form - after their respective chairman stood by their boss, in the face of growing media and fan pressure.

Allardyce signed some excellent talent in the summer and tweaked the way they play. They are still an Allardyce side - but think more Bolton Wanderers than Blackburn Rovers. Now they are in the Premier League top four and look an outside bet for the European places as the usual suspects such as Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham continue to stutter.

Then there is Newcastle. Bottom of the league a month ago, now they are seventh after a superb run of form. Pardew appears to have a harmonious starting squad and new introductions such as Daryl Janmaat, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan have all impressed, despite the latter now being injured.

What it proves is that the sack-happy craze of professional football has indeed gone far enough. Despite everyone calling for the heads of Allardyce at West Ham and Pardew at Newcastle the men in charge stood by them and the result has been a dramatic upturn in recent performances.

It just goes to show that it is not always the managers fault.

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