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Allardyce under pressure from the off

Tuesday 2nd August 2011
New West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has stated that he will be sacked if he does not guide the club to a promotion this season.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek, he said: "It's my responsibility to get them there [to the Premier League] and if I don't I'll be sacked..."

I think this one is quite obvious. West Ham will consider themselves a big club, bigger than the Championship, and if they do not return at the first time of asking then their owners will be ruthless with their decision.

They acted too late last season, it is argued. They carried on with Avram Grant, guiding a sinking ship towards relegation. This season I can't see them making the same mistake. Allardyce needs a good start and West Ham need to be at the right end of the table from the off, if they are to avoid pressure from the fans – leading to a quick sacking by the board.

I could be wrong, maybe the owners will give Allardyce a full season, regardless of how he starts. It's what happens at the end that counts after all.
Tom Bedford

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