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West Ham boss: We don’t need to change our style

08:30 25 April 2014

Sam Allardyce, West Ham United manager

Sam Allardyce, West Ham United manager

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Hammers manager Sam Allardyce chooses to ignore criticism of his team’s playing style

West Ham United's manager Sam Allardyce holds his head in his hands. Picture: PAWest Ham United's manager Sam Allardyce holds his head in his hands. Picture: PA

West Ham fans may have something different to say, but Hammers boss Sam Allardyce insists there is no reason for his team to change their style next season.

Supporters booed them team off despite a victory over Hull City in March and were at it again following Saturday’s loss to Crystal Palace, but the manager is not perturbed by it.

“You can only change with the team you get,” he insisted. “Style is just a label that everybody uses against me no matter what style I play.

“I am never going to get rid of that because the style I play is not what they say, just as it wasn’t at Bolton. But when the tag is laid down that is it, you can’t get rid of it so you just ignore it,” he said.

Recent performances have been criticised for being one-dimensional, simply lumping it up to Andy Carroll, but Allardyce is paying no heed to that.

“I play football to win and I use the team in the right way to win as many football matches as we can,” said Allardyce.

“We try to entertain, particularly at home, by attacking and winning.

“Everybody knows that if you see a good performance then it is relatively okay if you don’t win, but if they don’t see a good performance and you don’t win then everybody expresses their disapproval.”

West Ham fans have certainly been doing that, both at Upton Park and on various social media sites, but it seems the manager is not for changing.

“At many clubs there are fans expressing their disapproval at their teams and that is the way the game is today,” he insisted.

“If I allowed that to affect me, I might as well pack my bags and walk away because you can’t let that sort of thing get to you when you are focused on the players to move forward and get better.”

Tomorrow’s trip will be a pressure game, especially for lowly West Brom, but Allardyce is prepared for that.

“The pressure will be pretty intense because we all know what is at stake and we have to handle that better than West Brom,” he said.

“They are really tough and I think on their own ground they have been so close to so many victories and only slipped up in the dying seconds.

“We want to keep a level playing field for as long as possible and our goal would be to do what we did at Sunderland.”

West Ham will have no qualms about parking the bus at The Hawthorns if necessary and style will not come into it.

How West Ham play may not bother Allardyce too much, but the question remains, how much it bothers the owners.

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