Allardyce suggests why Bilic benefits from West Ham not signing Barton

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Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has attempted to explain how Slaven Bilic will benefit from the club not signing Joey Barton.

Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce told talkSPORT that he doesn’t feel Slaven Bilic needed the extra pressure or criticism from signing Joey Barton.

Hammers co-owner and co-chairman David Gold confirmed on his Twitter account that the Hammers wouldn’t be signing Barton, as speculation mounted that a move was imminent.

Allardyce was quizzed by the radio station over the situation, suggesting that Barton’s arrival may have inserted a small wedge between the manager and the club’s supporters who have so far taken to him well.

“I don’t think you need the added pressure if the fans aren’t happy with a player, even as good a player as Joey Barton,” he told talkSPORT.

“You get enough pressure as it is as manager without adding to it yourself. So it’s probably the right decision in the end, as much as I am disappointed for Joey.”

Importance of a positive relationship

Allardyce is the perfect example of what can happen to a manager who doesn’t really have the full support of the West Ham fans behind him.

Any individual in any job will always feel more comfortable and will be more productive if he knows that he’s fully supported in that position.

Fortunately for Bilic, he’s in a position where there is time left in the transfer window for him to make extra changes if he feels he needs to and he’s benefiting from a squad where he’s already got some good back-up options.

It’s also significant that West Ham are out of the Europa League, which reduces the number of matches the team has to play and in turn, the strain over the key players currently in the team.

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