Former West Ham United defender Alvin Martin used East London club Leyton Orient as an example to demonstrate why the Hammers need to take their time over the future of Sam Allardyce, when he appeared on talkSPORT as a guest.
It’s unclear over whether Allardyce is going to be the main man at Upton Park next season, and Martin suggested Leyton Orient’s relegation from League One showed why the Hammers can’t rush into making a decision.
“Look at Leyton Orient, they were flying and heading for the Championship but it’s fallen apart inside a season – When you do make a change, you’ve got to make sure you’ve done your research and get the right man,” he said.
Orient suffered heartbreak in the League One play-off final last season, when they were beaten by Rotherham on penalties before the club’s former chairman Barry Hearn sold the club, with Francesco Becchetti becoming the club’s new owner.
One season on and after a campaign where the club had four different managers in charge at various points, they will be playing League Two football next season.
The situations of West Ham and Leyton Orient are completely different, but Martin’s point is based around the speed of decline, which can happen in the modern day game.
West Ham know what they’re getting and the level they’re capable of with Sam Allardyce in charge of their first team, but it’s always going to be a risk bringing in a new coach, who will have new ideas and who will take time to adapt to the club.
It’s a question of ambition because it’s important for a club like West Ham to try and create a situation for themselves where they can make the most out of their imminent move to the Olympic Stadium.
European football by that point for 2016/2017 will maximise the potential of the stadium move in a number of financial areas and will allow the club to move forward.