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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce racks up 100 games for West Ham tonight but insists it should not be a significant milestone
Sam Allardyce celebrates 100 games in charge of West Ham United against Cardiff City tonight and he insists that the milestone should be much more commonplace in football.
The Hammers boss will look to make it 43 wins from his 100th game with victory in the Capital One Cup and he confessed that he is still loving his time in the game.
“I enjoy working in football and have enjoyed it for so many years now that it’s the only thing I know,” he said this week.
“When you reach 100 games and people say well done, it worries me. If it’s 300 games or 400 games, fine, but 100 games should be more commonplace than it is.
“The constant change oif managers which we’re now faced with has turned reaching 100 games into a bit if an achievement. For me, that’s pretty disappointing that in our professional leagues we change managers so much.”
The highlight of Allardyce’s reign at West Ham so far is the victory over Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley in his first year, though last season’s 10th placed finish in the Premier League would run it very close.
“Obviously I’m very pleased with the record we had in the Premier League last year and the year before we were expected to do well in the Championship,” reflected Allardyce on his time in the Upton Park hotseat.
“If you look at the stats for how many teams are promoted the season after they were relegated you’ll find that there are very few, around 20 per cent who actually manage it.
“We’ve done everything that we said we would do, not just me and the backroom staff, but also the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman and everyone else behind the scenes.”
Allardyce has had his critics since arriving at West Ham following the sacking of Avram Grant and some were out in force on Saturday following the home defeat by Everton, but most would concede that his first 100 games have been a success.
“We set out with the plan to get promoted in the first year, we did that,” he said.
“The second year we planned to stay up and in the end we surpassed expectations and finished tenth.
“Now we’ve got to bring a sustainable balance to the squad which is going to keep us in the Premier League for many, many years.
“We need to grow slowly, it’s probably unacceptable in today’s football, but we have to convince everybody that growing slowly is the right way. It sustains the ability to get better and better and when you do that you are then able to achieve more and you can start looking at bigger things.”
Here’s to the next 100 games.