Saturday, May 28

Sam's town?

Big Sam Allardyce is today's rumour for the WHU hot seat. You fear it will be like Roy Hodgson and Liverpool and Avram Grant for West Ham - wrong manager for the wrong club.

The key question would be could Allardyce change his style of play? Tony Cottee is in favour and appears to believe he wouldn't be silly enough to play route one football at Upton Park.

In Allardyce's favour we might at last be able to defend set pieces and score from them. Allardyce has a track record, more gravitas than Dave Jones and would be able to stand up to the owners. He's also big on fitness and sports science, two areas we are sorely lacking in.

But even so, as Hammers fan Phil Whelan said in the gym today, you fear he'll try to build a team around new signings Karl Henry and Kevin Davies.

Chris Hughton might at least unite the fans. Do we really want a manager who will be controversial from the off?

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