Pearce has also suggested that if the club’s owners were going to offer manager Sam Allardyce a new contract, they would have done so earlier this season when the club was in form and playing great football.
“At this moment in time, Sam Allardyce is taking the full brunt of why things haven’t gone well but the owners didn’t offer him a contract when West Ham were playing some superb football – You need to look up at your figurehead and know that he’s on solid ground,” said Pearce.
It’s important there is clarity over the main issues in key sections of the club, because uncertainty is something which can affect the mentality of the players.
It’s difficult for any player to give everything and compete hard for a club when they don’t know who they are going to be representing.
However, waiting until the end of the season to deal with the position of the manager is not uncommon for West Ham.
Two years ago when Allardyce signed his current deal with the club, he didn’t do so until the end of May and it remains to be seen whether the rest of this month will see a repeat of the same situation.
A fast decision after the club’s final game of the season against Newcastle this weekend is important.
It’s important because Allardyce or whoever replaces him needs to be able to judge the right way forward quickly in terms of the players coming and going.