David Sullivan explains why Hammers won't collapse like they did under Allardyce

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The West Ham co-owner has been discussing his side's aspirations for the rest of the season.

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan believes the ingredients are in place at Upton Park for the east London side to avoid the collapse they suffered last season under Sam Allardyce, according to the club's official website.

And the Hammers supremo isn't ruling out a strong push for a top-six finish.

Sullivan wrote in his 'From the Boardroom' column: "As we’re into the second half of the season, people are asking if our objectives have now changed. I think we would still like to get into the top six, but I think the injuries have made the top four very unlikely, although it’s still mathematically possible.

"I don’t think we’ll end this season as we did last season. Yes we’re roughly where we were at this stage last season but I think this is a better team and we have enough quality to sustain it for the whole season. We will end up with more points than last year."

It's a fair point. Slaven Bilic looks capable of taking this team further but not necessarily through any superhuman abilities - or without there being too much emphasis on Allardyce's flaws.

West Ham simply have a better side and a stronger squad this season. The Hammers are in an identical position to this time last year but the second half of their campaign certainly promises more.

West Ham still need to steer clear of any further bad injury luck, though, as the absences of some of their star players were definitely felt recently.

Now that the likes of Dimitri Payet are back, with Victor Moses and Winston Reid soon to return, too, fans can hope for a strong few weeks. All eyes will be on Upton Park to see how the season pans out from here.

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