Martin has admitted that in his view, West Ham fans are split down the middle with their perceptions of whether Big Sam was the right man to take the club forward.
“This is a very delicate and complex situation at West Ham. It’s not open and shut. There are a lot of West Ham fans who were 50/50 whether they liked him or they didn’t like him,” he said.
“When I’m asked about it, it’s not just about was it right to make a change? It’s what was the alternative? – If they didn’t make a change, they had to offer him a new contract; what terms would it be on?”
No one can argue that Allardyce doesn’t have plenty of Premier League experience and a CV to do well at any club around a mid-table sort of level.
However, West Ham now have the tools to be much more than that and they will be looking to progress domestically next season and to make the most of their gifted position in the Europa League.
Someone needs to grab the club by the scruff of the neck and the board clearly didn’t feel that Allardyce was worth the financial gambled, weighed against those pressures for the club to improve.
Whether it turns out to be the right decision remains to be seen, but the new man coming in has a real opportunity to create something special by the time of the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium.