Allardyce: I'm not going to give this message to West Ham squad

Sam Allardyce says he won't tell his players to hold off in games because of the possibility of qualifying for Europe through fair play.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce explained to the club’s website he will not tell his players to hold back over the club’s final two Premier League games.

The Hammers are facing a battle against Roberto Martinez’s Everton to qualify into the Europe League by finishing top of the fair play table.

However, Allardyce says that’s not going to shape the messages he gives to his team over the way he wants them to play.

“I am not going to start saying to the players, watch what you do, don’t get cautioned because we might not finish number one for European fair play place,” he said.

“It will be all about going out there, playing our best and trying to win. And if we do that the right way, hopefully we are still in the position for the fair play place.”

It would be a naïve message for Allardyce to give his team because it would put them onto the back foot.

It would make the side tentative in terms of how they go about their business, which invites pressure onto the team, which could get them into trouble.

They wouldn’t be taking many risks, which allows the opposition to be more aggressive and deadlier when they have possession.

Allardyce will be aware of the pressure at the club to progress and develop, with European football something that would allow them to do that.

However, he would prefer the side to fight their way into Europe by finishing in a high Premier League position, setting the side up well for the move to the Olympic Stadium.

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