Allardyce fires back at departing West Ham ace; "He wasn't good enough!"

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has responded to criticism from striker Mauro Zarate.

The relationship between West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and striker Mauro Zarate couldn't really be much worse right now.

The 27-year-old, who was signed from Velez Sarsfield this summer, is heading to Premier League rivals Queens Park Rangers on loan after starting just five games for the Hammers.

Yet an exit wasn't enough for the Argentine-turned-Chilean, as Zarate launched a stinging attack on manager Allardyce on Monday, suggesting that 'Big Sam' was disrespectful for not giving him enough chances in the first team.

Well, with a medical at Loftus Road completed, Zarate is on the verge of leaving Upton Park, but not before Allardyce managed to tell the story from his side - suggesting that the former Lazio star just wasn't good enough.

"What he’s saying is not true," Allardyce said. "He wasn’t good enough."

"When you look at what Mauro has achieved when he’s played compared to what Valencia, Sakho and Carroll have achieved all-round…when you look at games, how much he’s contributed, how much he’s given in the all-round game, and what they’ve given and you’ve got that array of talent to choose from, then somebody’s not going to be happy," he added.

Allardyce also suggested that Zarate should have knuckled down and worked harder like Carlton Cole has at West Ham, who has stayed quiet despite barely featuring.

"Carlton Cole’s sitting on the bench, not playing, not coming on. He’s had probably more chances than Carlton Cole. Carlton Cole’s one of my favourites. I love him, I think he’s a fantastic pro – I think he’s a great guy," said Allardyce.

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