I’m going to be very interested to hear the reception Sam Allardyce receives when his Sunderland side visit Upton Park at the end of this month.
Do I think fans will boo him? Yes. Do I think he will receive applause from supporters? Yes. Who will be the loudest? The booers.
From the moment he arrived at West Ham there was a sizeable anti-Big Sam brigade. You need only look on the West Ham internet forums and overhear conversations down the pub to get a feeling there were plenty who’d rather not see Sam in charge.
This minority grew slowly but it could have so easily been diminished had Sam charmed the fans like Slaven has. He didn’t, and for that, he will get jeered. How do I feel about his return? I’m not too sure. The history books will show he was in charge of our great club for four seasons, he got us out of the Championship and back into the Premier League during his first season and then preceded to keep us in the top flight with modest finishes.
He did what was asked of him and for that he is due credit but he could have gone about it differently. Some of the football we played under Allardyce was absolutely horrific and I never felt he bought into the ethos of the club. His attitude towards the FA Cup and our youth players was also, in my mind, a disgrace.
Needless to say, Allardyce dominates this issue. My thanks to Brian Williams and Emily Pulham for their views and as you’ll see in our popular feature Pub Talk feature, he still divides opinion.
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