Danny Murphy defends Sam Allardyce's style at West Ham

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy has explained why Sam Allardyce sometimes plays a more direct brand of football at West Ham United.

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy defended West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce on talkSPORT against a main criticism of his style.

It’s unclear whether Allardyce is going to be kept on at the Hammers beyond this season, with some feeling that the coach isn’t sophisticated enough to play an attractive brand of football, which will help West Ham move forward.

“The only thing is the style of play – Sometimes they have gone for it (and attacked), some games they haven’t. It’s football, you can’t always go out and play attractive football,” said Murphy.

The Hammers are about to embark on a very exciting journey as they prepare to move to the Olympic Stadium.

That opens up various possibilities such as greater finances, the ability to compete in Europe and the prospect of a higher quality of players.

Allardyce is a good man manager but there seems to be doubt over whether he can sign a top class of players because of the way his style is perceived.

Murphy seems to suggest that he is capable of getting his side to play good football and he is a manager who does know how to get results against a variety of teams.

The Hammers have been a bit unlucky in the respect of injuries and in recent results; draws against Manchester United and Tottenham could easily have equated to wins.

Whether the Hammers put in the offer of that new deal before the end of the campaign remains to be seen.

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