West Ham United fans have criticised Sam Allardyce after he blamed injuries for their poor form this season yesterday.
The Hammers may have seen a number of their key players left on the treatment table throughout the campaign, but followers of the London club do not believe that this has been the major reason behind their recent struggles.
Instead, they lay the blame firmly at Allardyce's door for his team selections - with most frustrated with his penchant for deploying players in incorrect positions.
The pressure has been growing on Allardyce ever since the turn of the year, with West Ham struggling to match their early season form and it would appear his attempts to absolve himself from blame have not done himself any favours.
It could be costly, as West Ham are still reflecting on whether they should hand Allardyce a new deal or not.
The experienced manager's contract expires this summer and it is suggested that the Hammers could allow him to leave by the Daily Mail.
It means that Allardyce will be hoping to change supporters' and board members' opinions between now and the end of the season, but his excuses have not helped him in this sense.
Tyfin said: "What he fails to see week in week out is that the Club is nothing without its fans and the vast majority want him out cos he is a one dimentional Manager. The owners should listen to the fan base or else the OS will be an empty white elephant that we cannot fill.
"ALL us fans could pick a better team than Sam, all he had to do was play the diamond formation every game and when we had injuries just slot in the reserve player that plays the position of the injured player, not rocket science but of course when Carroll & Nolan got fit the rest of the team had to be adjusted to accomodate them, WHY???????????????"
Sibbo agreed, saying: "Reason for down turn [is] Sam keeps playing Nolan and Carroll and his stupid substitutions. It's his fault but never takes the blame."
DG Hammer took the chance to add to this point, he said: "Drop Valencia, stick Downing on the wing and bring in Nolan and Carrol, that's the way forward."
Paraiso had similarly harsh words towards the Hammers' boss: "The main reason for downturn is BFS has systematically played most of the new signings out of position , and to his style, all their natural ability and confidence they came with (in particular Valencia) has been destroyed."
And BillyDWhizz was simply not surprised by Allardyce's excuses: "Wow. It's a "not my fault" Allardyce headline. Well that is a change
There was some consolation for Allardyce, though, as Stephen Infield argued in his favour: "Like me, I think the majority would like Sam to stay. The loudest voices are not necessarily the most..."
Ross agreed and would also like Allardyce to stay: "I (like a lot of West Ham fans) hope he gets a new contract. He's achieved absolutely everything that has been asked of him. Not only that but the other options aren't any better. Give him some money to spend and improve the squad and we'll see another improvement this year...as we have done every year that he's been in charge."