Noble spells out danger if West Ham players don't perform for Allardyce

Mark Noble

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has defended under pressure manager Sam Allardyce.

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble dismissed a current criticism of manager Sam Allardyce, via the Daily Mail.

Noble was quizzed on the idea that the players had stopped performing for Allardyce, but the experienced Hammers star leapt to his defence and suggested that he’s done a good job at the club.

“I’ve seen him with managers, I’ve seen him with players, I’ve seen him with chairmen. When the fans sort of get a thought they let it be known,” he said.

“Sam’s done a great job for the club, it would have been a disaster going down to the Championship but moving to a stadium like this and we’ve been in the Premier League for the last two seasons.”

“If you have any pride about you, you’ll play for him every game. If you don’t play for the manager, you don’t play at all.”

Frustrations have been building surrounding Allardyce’s position since the turn of the year, with the club currently on a very long run of poor form.

West Ham have won just three games in all competitions so far in 2015 and it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Allardyce will be the manager next season, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Jurgen Klopp has already been approached as a replacement.

The issue isn’t that Allardyce is not a bad manager, it’s a doubt related to whether he is the man who can push West Ham forward and onto that next level where they will be competing as a top six club in the Premier League.

West Ham also have the ambition to become a European team, but whether Allardyce has the sophisticated variety of tactics needed to compete in the Europa League is doubtful.

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