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Gold and Sullivan turning the screw on Big Sam at West Ham

Wednesday 30th July 2014
After a very disappointing pre-season tour of New Zealand, without a win in four games for West Ham United. The Chairmen, David Gold and David Sullivan look towards Sam Allardyce for words of encouragement as they are set for showdown talks later this week.

Now, we all know what happens when a manager is set for ‘showdown talks' with their higher authority, just look at poor old David Moyes! He has now disappeared off the face of the Earth, said to be in hiding in his home in Miami after supposedly punching a furious Manchester United supporter who confronted him about his shocking time as Manchester United manager.

West Ham have failed to win a game in four, against pretty poor teams. Two draws against English teams Stevenage and Ipswich Town, and two losses against Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC. They showed absolutely nothing in each game. There was no commitment, no pieces of play that seemed to have been practiced in training, no flair and they still seem to be searching for a striker.

Half way through the pre-season it just kept getting worse for Big Sam as his forever promising, but showing nothing, England striker Andy Carroll again suffered another setback in his full recovery as he now has to sit out four months with another injury, and will miss the start of the Barclays Premier League. No one seems to be stepping up to the mark in the team, this was evident at the end of last season as well. Yes, they finish in 13th place… but that is near to where they are supposed to be! It is a team full of players on the brink of breaking the England team and their own national team with Noble, Nolan, Carroll, Jarvis, Tompkins and Morrison shows they have the quality but no one wants to fight for it.

They seem to have already realised that it could be them being relegated this coming season.

There is promising times though, so do not give up the forever faithful West Ham United fans!

Big Sam has been rather busy in the transfer market this season and you can say hello to five new players with the sixth apparently on his way.

Aaron Cresswell

The former Ipswich Town & Tranmere Rovers player moved to Upton Park this summer on a five year deal, the 25 year old defender has been bought to strengthen a very weak defence.

Cheikhou Kouyate

This highly rated central defence midfielder from Senegal used to play for Anderlecht. The 24 year old was a long time target for Arsenal but lost concentration when Alexis Sanchez became available to them. Kouyate was said to be a fan of Big Sam and his attempts to sign him, as its reported that Allardyce left his own summer break holiday over the World Cup period to come home and sign him !

Diego Poyet

Son of Gus Poyet, the Argentinian teenager had a fantastic season with Charlton and caught the eye of many top teams, but found that Allardyce's plans for the future seemed more enticing. The 19 year old is an attacking midfielder.

Enner Valencia

Ecuador's top scorer in the World cup, finding the net three times in each group match, has finally been granted a work permit and is allowed to play for West Ham United. He is a central striker and plays off the wide men. He cost the club £12million and should have the striking impact that the Hammers are missing.

Mauro Zarate

The 27 year old is a seasoned Argentine, playing in the Champions league for Inter Milan also having played for Lazio and Sarsfield in Argentina. Hopefully he can emulate that of Carlos Tevez in his first season for West Ham United.

Carl Jenkinson

The Arsenal right-back seems to be surplus with the arrival of Debuchy and Chambers bought to take over for Bacary Sagna. He has spent a few seasons moving up the ranks at Arsenal but has never had his big break into the first team, maybe this could be his season to prove his worth, as this will only be a loan move for Jenkinson.

The arrival of the two strikers are the attacking teenager show a change in the wind for the Big Sam tactics of old, where he would use the taller striker a punt the ball up to him, he could now be playing 2 strikers up front with a player just behind them, 2 wingers, a holding midfielder and 4 at the back. This all shows promise for more attractive football next season at Upton Park.

I'm pretty sure the talks with the governors later this week for Sam Allardyce will go to plan and he will keep his job, he's a very good speaker and uses his words wisely. I'm sure West Ham will stay in the premier league and will gain 10th place again. But there needs to be a major shake-up for the future of West Ham looks bleak.

They have bought a stadium that they will not be able to fill, especially if they get relegated any time soon! They have the money and backing from the board, but the manager at the moment isn't one to look into the future! Their youth squad and players coming through are nothing compared to that of the Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Jermaine Defoe, Rio Ferdinand, Alvin Martin, Michael Carrick, Martin Peters, Trevor Brooking, Geoff Hurst and the legendary Bobby Moore. No player at the club is as good or has as much promise as these once young stars ever did!

At that is what's wrong with West Ham. They have seemed to forget about what made them great and have become obsessed with trying to compete financially with the big clubs… they do not need to compete with the top five clubs. They need to remake what they had 20-30 years ago and bring good youth through and trust them. They should be aiming for at least in the top seven and a good cup run.

I may be wrong and Big Sam could get the sack as he currently leads the Premier League sack race being odds on to go, in that case there's always a loveable Scottish rogue in Southern Miami needing a job!
Jack McGilligan

Hi, I'm 20 years old and live in Essex. I'm a Manchester United fan and support them religiously! I play and captain my own 6-aside football team in the South-East Essex League.

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