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West Ham boss cannot survive the sack

11:15 27 April 2014

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West Ham blogger Kwame Boakye sees a bleak future for manager Sam Allardyce after another defeat

West Ham United's fans hold a protest banner against manager Sam Allardyce during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.West Ham United's fans hold a protest banner against manager Sam Allardyce during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.

We’ve now suffered four defeats on the spin for the first time since the dark old days of Avram Grant.

We didn’t expect much change out of Liverpool and Arsenal; however you’d have thought Big Sam’s gang could’ve scraped together some points out of Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

Once we fall behind this season that’s pretty much it as far as the game is concerned; we’ve only claimed a measly FOUR points all season from losing positions; so when Saido Berahino put the Baggies 1-0 up, there was an inevitability of yet another gutless, spineless and spiritless defeat.

Think back to the 3-3 draws West Brom have endured lately where Cardiff and Spurs managed to score deep into injury time to scramble a point out of the Hawthorns; the Albion defence have proved time and time again that they’re prone to creaking, and yet in the 2nd half apart from Andy Carroll’s header which hit the bar it was all too easy for Pepe Mel’s side; a side which had only kept three clean sheets at home all season.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.West Ham United's Andy Carroll during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.

It’s been said by everyone fan and pundit alike and Lord knows I’m getting tired of writing it, but this West Ham side has no cutting edge whatsoever; not since the win over Sunderland at the end of March have we even notched more than one goal in a game; it must be comforting for the opposition to know only a solitary strike will be required to slay this Hammers side.

We are so one dimensional, so predictable and so easy to defend against.

It is worth remembering that this is only our second season back amongst the elite…however we currently sit further down the league than newly-promoted Hull City and Crystal Palace and the side that we came up with Southampton have acquired 15 more points and play a far more aesthetically pleasing game.

If we end the season with six defeats on the spin; it’s difficult to see how Sam could keep his job, with that in mind the game against Spurs at Upton Park next Saturday lunchtime couldn’t be any bigger for Allardicci’s reign.

I simply cannot see Sam in charge next season as fan unrest regarding his management has reached fever pitch, a win over Spurs might just (for a week anyway) abate the fury of supporters who will never accept or embrace him.

We will just about survive; but major changes will be needed in the summer if we are to avoid another season of constantly peeking over our collective shoulder, as for Allardyce…I simply cannot see him surviving the inevitable cull.

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