John Hartson: The West Ham fans want a manager who will play exciting football

John Hartson wants to see West Ham appoint a manager who will give the fans what they want.

The Hammers are known to have a philosophy of exciting attacking football, and John Hartson told the official West Ham website that the club should appoint a manager who can fulfil this philosophy.

The Welsh striker said: “I just feel that they respect the job Sam has done but they were not very happy with certain elements of Sam Allardyce being in charge. The man they want is a manager who is going to play exciting football, a manager that likes to play out from the back.”

Allardyce certainly completed the job he set out to do, which was win promotion from the Championship and then establish the Hammers in the top flight, but it is hard to deny that he did it without style.

Aside from the first half of this season, when the East London outfit were playing some of the best football in the Premier League, Allardyce has struck to what he knows to get results. Long ball football built on a sturdy defence works for him, and it guaranteed that West Ham can now start progressing under a new manager.

Of all the coaches linked with the club, there is a clear understanding that a new free-flowing philosophy is intended to be brought to the Boleyn Ground, and although the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Steve McClaren and Slaven Bilic all go about their job in varying manners, there is a defined attacking style on the pitch.

Allardyce completed a role that was required of him, and no one can claim otherwise. But with the Hammers keen to push on with Europa League football secured, and a move to the Olympic Stadium next season, the desire to return to the successful roots of the club is one that should be fulfilled.

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