Allardyce fires strong warning to Slaven Bilic, discusses 'the West Ham way'

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce believes Slaven Bilic needs luck at West Ham.

Newly-appointed Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has told The Sun he did a good job at West Ham - and claims that his successor Slaven Bilic will need luck in order to succeed.

Allardyce, 60, lost his job as West Ham manager on the final day of last season, following a 2-0 defeat away at Newcastle United - a result which capped off a torrid second half of the season.

After a five month absence from football, 'Big Sam' is back, taking the reins with his former club Sunderland following the departure of Dick Advocaat.

Allardyce's attention turns straight to this weekend's game against West Bromwich Albion, but he has also had some comments surrounding his departure from Upton Park.

Speaking to The Sun, Allardyce says he did a good job at West Ham and couldn't wait to get away from the belief in 'the West Ham way', before wishing his successor Slaven Bilic luck in the job - because he will need it to satisfy the demanding Hammers faithful.

"I didn’t have to worry about the ‘West Ham way’ any longer. I did a bloody good job at West Ham," said Allardyce. "The club is in its best shape for ages so what exactly do the board and the fans think they can achieve? Champions League football? A top-six finish?"

"I doubt that will come in the near future and it must be a big anxiety for the owners, who need to fill the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium with entertaining and successful football next year. The fans won’t turn up if West Ham are playing fantasy football and losing 5-3 every week. They’ll soon be demanding a winning team and wanting to know why they are leaking goals."

"Slaven Bilic is the new man in the hotseat and good luck to him. He will need it," he added.

Bilic has entertained the Hammers fans so far this season, with away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City going some way to appeasing supporters, whilst his history with the club - he played for West Ham during the 1990's - has also help endear him to supporters.

As for 'the West Ham way', it's a term that has been thrown about for a while, and some have trouble figuring out exactly what it means - but Bilic is doing a great job of giving fans what they want; entertaining football, goals, and more importantly, wins.

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