West Ham were flying over the first half of the campaign, establishing a position in and around the top six before the team slipped off the pace and into mid-table after the turn of the year.
“You have to have a balanced view point – If Newcastle go and win the game 2-0 and stay up, their fans will be dancing around like they’ve won the league when it’s one game – Look at Southampton, they were in the top four for a long time, but it’s difficult to maintain that,” said Pearce.
Plenty of fans would admit that they didn’t realistically expect the Hammers to finish in the top six, but the manner of their decline has been surprising.
Many would have hoped that the club would find a way to stay in the top eight, but the best the Hammers can now hope for is a tenth place finish.
Allardyce was given money to improve the squad and Reece Burke has shown that there are some very good players in the club’s youth ranks so just why the dramatic decline was allowed to develop is confusing.
West Ham need to learn lessons heading into next year whether Allardyce is in charge or not.
It’s important that the next time they are in and around the top six by the turn of the year, they do everything they possibly can to stay there.