Rating Sam Allardyce: How does he compare to West Ham's former managers?

Many West Ham fans want Sam Allardyce to leave the club this summer.

When West Ham return to action after the international break, the pressure will be on manager Sam Allardyce to turn the club's fortunes around.

Allardyce oversaw a superb first half of the season, but has picked up only two wins in 2015, leaving many fans to suggest that he should leave the club this summer.

Yet, others say that West Ham fans should be more grateful for the job Allardyce has done at Upton Park - so how does he compare to his predecessors?

Sam Allardyce: 8

He may not be fashionable, or even popular down at Upton Park, but Allardyce has been successful at West Ham. When he was appointed back in 2011, West Ham had just been relegated back to the Championship and needed an experienced head to drag them through the tough times.

They got just that in Allardyce, and he not only got them promoted but has helped re-establish West Ham as a mid-table Premier League team. The ends to last season and this season haven't been great, and maybe it is time for new ideas, but West Ham fans should appreciate the job that Allardyce has done in nearly four years in charge.

Avram Grant: 4

The Israeli became West Ham manager in the summer of 2010, but oversaw the club's relegation to the Championship in his only season in charge having won only seven of his 38 games in charge.

Grant had been moderately successful at Chelsea and Portsmouth but was a disaster at Upton Park, bringing in terrible signings like Pablo Barrera, Tal Ben Haim, Victor Obinna, Wayne Bridge and Robbie Keane in a terrible season. It's fair to say that Allardyce was a huge, huge upgrade.

Gianfranco Zola: 4

Italian Zola was a hero with London rivals Chelsea, but was a popular figure during his time in charge of West Ham, bringing attractive football and an increased dependence on youth players after his arrival in September 2008.

However, the results simply weren't good enough, and his 28.75% win percentage remains the lowest of any permanent West Ham manager.

West Ham finished ninth in his first season in charge and looked promising, but finished just five points above the relegation zone in 2010-11.

Zola was sacked just days after the end of that season, and much like Grant, his record in the transfer market was damning: Savio Nsereko, Luis Jimenez, Alessandro Diamanti, Manuel Da Costa, Benni McCarthy and Mido were all brought in by Zola, and none had any success.

Alan Curbishley: 7

Highly-rated after his work with Charlton Athletic, Curbishley arrived at West Ham after Alan Pardew was sacked in December 2006, and was charged with the task of keeping West Ham in the Premier League.

With Carlos Tevez at his disposal, Curbishley led the great escape and kept West Ham up with a final day win at Manchester United, becoming a hero amongst Hammers fans.

Curbishley led West Ham to a mid-table finish in the 2007/08 season, but left just a month into the 2008/09 campaign, citing differences with the West Ham board. Since his departure over six years ago, Curbishley has yet to return to management - but he enjoyed some success at West Ham.

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