West Ham blog: Sam’s time is running out fast
10:06 05 April 2015
Our West Ham blogger thinks that the club must go for an experienced man to replace Allardyce in the summer
Let’s be honest about it; the second half of the season has been a complete non-event.
The results simply haven’t been there and whilst there have been some good performances and we can count ourselves unlucky in certain games; the brutal reality is that we’ve been as poor in the seconnd half of the season as we were mesmerising in the first.
With Sam’s contract up in a couple of months the renewal he’s been angling for has never seemed further away. In the increasingly fickle world of football his time is running out as the fans demand a man who can take us to the proverbial ‘next level.’
With the move to Stratford and the plush new surroundings of the Olympic Stadium looming the season after next, the club simply cannot afford to employ another Avram.
As depressing and defeatist as it might sound...wouldn’t it be ‘typical West Ham’ to get the keys to one of the finest stadia in Europe...the chance, the opportunity to at last dine at the top table instead of merely scrambling for scraps, only to kick off the 16/17 season with a home fixture against... Nottingham Forest.
After Sam left Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle they all eventually slipped through the trapdoor and only the Toon managed to make it back. A stark warning the owners simply must heed.
I’m not saying that the club must stick with Sam as without him relegation is inevitable, what I am saying is that if Sam’s services are dispensed with; the club simply cannot go with the cheap/easy option as they did with Grant because that would in all probability end in disaster.
They also couldn’t give it to a relative rookie like Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe; yes he’s doing a fine job and Bournemouth play exceptional footy, but surely such a gamble with what’s at stake would be too much of a risk?
Names like David Moyes and Rafa Benitez who have managed and excelled in the Premier League and would no doubt relish the opportunity to return, should be the first names considered if Sam does leave in the summer which with every passing game is looking increasingly likely.
With seven games to go we’ve only registered a paltry two wins in the second half of the season; it’s simply not good enough.
Sam couldn’t afford this sort of form in the final year of his contract and barring a biblical turnaround in fortunes it will cost him his job.