Why Big Sam is his own worst enemy with West Ham comments

Allardyce deflated

The West Ham boss faces D-Day with regards to his future soon.

According to Sky Sports, West Ham United coach Sam Allardyce is targeting a 50-point tally for the east London side ahead of their final Premier League game of the season.

The 60-year-old says West Ham could easily be in the 'mid-50s' by now and is disappointed the club have yet to reach the milestone.

The problem for West Ham fans, however, is that, if it's not a 50-point target, it's a 40-point target - as it was earlier this season. That kind of approach has done Allardyce no favours, both in terms of West Ham's results or his relationship with the Hammers faithful.

Right now, the east London side smacks of a team told to play for their target. Once they achieved safety, they pretty much went off the boil - and have only won three of their last 20 Premier League games.

The target setting in itself is Allardyce's big problem - and he is his own worst enemy with his comments to the press.

With all due respect to what the 60-year-old has previously achieved at West Ham, it's as if the club have outgrown him. Simply reaching a minimum points tally is no longer good enough. The Hammers were fourth at the end of the day: just aim as high as you can. And the Newcastle clash should certainly not be about reaching 50 points, it should be about giving the fans something to remember regardless of the figures.

Of course, it may not matter after this weekend, with Big Sam's contract finally up at West Ham. All roads point to an Allardyce exit - and there will be plenty of uproar if the club's owners were to give him a new deal now.

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