Jamie Redknapp raves about Allardyce, rues absence of four West Ham players

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp was full of praise for West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports that West Ham fans should be more grateful for the job done by manager Sam Allardyce this season.

West Ham defeated Sunderland 1-0 on Saturday night, with striker Diafra Sakho hitting a dramatic late winner for the Hammers at Upton Park.

Before that victory, West Ham had won just one of their last 12 games, piling pressure on manager Sam Allardyce after a dreadful 2015 to date.

The narrow win over a struggling Sunderland side probably does little to strengthen Allardyce's position at the club, with many expecting 'Big Sam' to leave East London when his contract expires this summer.

However, ex-Tottenham midfielder Redknapp told Sky Sports after that win over Sunderland that West Ham fans need to be more realistic, whilst also placing much of the blame for their poor form on the absence of injured quartet James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia.

"We all talk about Swansea doing really well – and they have, Garry Monk has done a great job there," said Redknapp. "They’re on 43 points. West Ham are on 42. But everyone at West Ham says ‘we’re not quite happy, should be doing better’. I think they’re doing really well.

"There are ideas of grandeur sometimes. You look at that squad and there’s no Andy Carroll at the moment, no James Tomkins, no Winston Reid, no Enner Valencia. They are short of a couple of big players."

"The job Allardyce has done there is what you’d expect from that group of players. You have to be realistic. The teams that are above them deserve to be, they’ve spent more money and they’re better teams with better players," he added.

With just a matter of months to run on Allardyce's contract at Upton Park, his long-term future prospects don't look promising for the former Blackburn boss.

Recent reports from the London Evening Standard suggested that the Hammers had their eyes on David Moyes, Slaven Bilic or even Rafael Benitez as possible replacements for Allardyce - and regardless of what Redknapp says, it looks like Allardyce will be leaving in the coming months.

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