Phil Brown backs Allardyce - but West Ham fans make their feelings very clear

Big Sam's former assistant has, surprise surprise, backed him to stay at West Ham.

Phil Brown says it is 'just beyond' him that West Ham United haven't offered Sam Allardyce a new contract, according to the Daily Mirror.

Allardyce's former assistant waxed lyrical about the 60-year-old and feels West Ham fans will regret letting the manager go if he isn't handed a new deal to keep him at the east London club beyond the current season.

Indeed, Brown believes Allardyce has done everything asked of him at Upton Park, suggesting he is the perfect man for the Hammers.

He told the Mirror: “You can’t argue that he’s done anything else at West Ham. Whether you like him or loathe him, it doesn’t matter. He’s done exactly what he said he would do - get them promoted, keep them in the Premier League and then challenge. He’s done it.

“For him not to be rewarded with another contract is just beyond me. I think that’s the reason why the season has begun to peter out and taper off."

It is hardly a surprise, however, to see a close ally of Allardyce's blowing the trumpet for the West Ham boss. The 60-year-old is clearly a capable manager - the best man for any job when it comes to keeping a side afloat and maintaining stability.

West Ham fans are looking for a little more, however, and the line about Big Sam doing 'what he's been asked of' (yes, exactly that and nothing more - as though he is literally giving up once his minimum target is achieved) has already been used recently.

Indeed, BBC pundit Jason Roberts said the same of Allardyce on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night, adopting a 'better the devil you know' approach.

West Ham fans simply weren't amused. And, judging by their response to Roberts's comments, they'll likely see right through Brown's painfully predictable attempts to stick up for an old friend. Here's a selection of what seems to be the majority view at Upton Park right now:

COYI wrote: 'Jason Roberts needs to read the stats since Xmas - 12 points from a possible 48 (P 16, W 2, D 6, L 8, F 13, A 23, D -10 P 12)

'As for trusting the board Avram Grant to Allardyce useless to an egoist - the very last season at Upton Park needs to be remembered for the best, not BFS football.'

Sibbo wrote: 'jason roberts needs glasses and a brain sam is a third-rate manager'

Spyinthesky wrote: 'Let me get this right 3 seasons where at least a third of a season has been relegation form (you don't keep on getting away with that for ever) this season where despite a great squad (so no excuses) they are now very possibly going to end up below Stoke and Swansea but Crystal Palace and Everton too who have been relegation candidates most of the season. Now approaching half a season of relegation form, many terrible performances of late, terrible defence errors all season a team that doesn't seem to want to play for the manager and a series of injury time and very late goals when the great skill of BS is supposedly a tight ship. Scathing criticism of the teams performance by Lawrenson and many other experts in recent weeks and yet apparently there should be no question as to BS' future despite already being the 13th highest paid manager in the World let alone what a new contract would cost (or later sacking him from one). I really don't know what the best option is for next season but I do know without knowing who might take over or the budget available in our last season at the Boleyn when we need to prepare for a big new opportunity only an idiot would claim to know what the best option is especially someone who knows little or nothing about the complexities of the situation.'

BillyDWhizz wrote: 'wonder if Jason Roberts would be spouting that rubbish if it was his hard earned he was spending to go and watch the garbage Sam puts the fans through week in, week out.'

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