Tony Cottee: Uncertainty over Sam Allardyce is affecting West Ham's performances

Former West Ham United forward Tony Cottee has revealed what he feels is behind the club's poor form.

Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee explained his thoughts on the current situation surrounding Sam Allardyce at Upton Park during a podcast for Knees Up Mother Brown.

Allardyce still doesn’t know if he’s going to be West Ham’s manager looking ahead to next season and Cottee has suggested that has started to affect the side’s performances on the pitch.

“I have to admit I find the whole situation farcical, it’s crazy, it’s madness. The one thing you don’t want at a football club is uncertainty,” said Cottee.

“I think we’ve seen in the performances over the last few weeks, you can see that sort of creeping in because people don’t know where they stand.”

West Ham are on a very difficult run where they have won just three games across all competitions this year.

Clarity over whether Allardyce will be retained for next season will ease the uncertainty and allow the team to move forward with clearer direction as everyone will know where they stand ahead of next season.

Allardyce has been a good manager for the Hammers and has done a great job, but there seems to be doubt over whether he’s the man who can take the club forward over the next couple of years.

European football looked like a very real possibility over the first half of the season, but results and performances have taken a dip and West Ham are now competing for a position in the top eight rather than looking ahead to Europa League as a benefit.

The ideal scenario for the club would be having European football secured by the time the move to the Olympic Stadium comes around and whether the higher powers feel Allardyce is the man who can achieve that remains to be seen.

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