David Gold: What we can't forget about Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

West Ham United joint-chairman David Gold has suggested it's important to remember what the club originally asked of Sam Allardyce.

West Ham United co-owner David Gold explained in an interview for West Ham TV what he feels it’s important everyone remembers about Sam Allardyce.

West Ham have moved on from Allardyce as manager, continuing their search for a new boss but Gold feels it’s important to pay tribute to the progress that was made when he was in charge.

Unfortunately for Allardyce, he just wasn’t able to convince the club and a large section of supporters, that he was the man who could take the Hammers forward with a more sophisticated style of football.

“We mustn’t forget what we asked of Sam when we brought him in. We said ‘Look, can you get us promoted?’ He said ‘I’ll get you up and I’ll keep you up’ and of course he’s done exactly what we asked,” he said.

Allardyce offered West Ham security in the respect of keeping them in the Premier League and consolidating them as a mid-table strength team.

However, with the move to the Olympic Stadium at Stratford following the next season, the Hammers need to be in a position where they can maximise everything that represents.

That means trying to consistently qualify for Europe and being able to compete in the Europa League effectively over the next ten months.

West Ham’s move signifies an opportunity for the club to seriously expand and retain an exciting new fan base, with new supporters much more likely to return in the future if they’re watching exciting and dramatic matches on a weekly basis, with the core values of the club retained.

Allardyce wasn’t given the chance to address the next request of the West Ham board but he can hold his head high when he goes into his next job.

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