Allardyce: Give us some praise

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he is 'sickened' by the lack of praise his team have received in recent weeks.

Last Updated: 04/04/14 at 23:09 Post Comment

Sam Allardyce: Unimpressed by West Ham fans

Sam Allardyce: Unimpressed by West Ham fans

The Hammers have won six out of nine to pull out of the relegation mire, but they have won little or no plaudits and were even jeered by their own fans despite beating Hull City 2-1 last month.

Allardyce reacted to that by cupping his ear to the supporters and he admits he is frustrated that their improved form has not been recognised, or it seems, appreciated, because of a perception they are a dull, long-ball team.

"Well you see, it's all a load of bull," he said when asked about his side's style.

"I think that it's all about the perception and the reputation of Sam Allardyce, not the West Ham players and how they play. It's all perceived to be like this and nothing else.

"It is a load of rubbish and I can't help that. It's unfortunate for the players because this particular period of time, when they've achieved six winsout of nine matches, they get little or no praise for it and that's really sad.

"We've had our best run of results but nobody's talking about it. They're talking about a one-game scenario when people are booing because we've won against 10 men. It's life I suppose, but it's quite sickening to be honest."

Allardyce was retained as manager at Upton Park despite a desperate spell during the winter, with co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan continually backing their man rather than reacting to the poor form by looking elsewhere.

The main factor behind a winter of discontent was a chronic injury list, and as those players have slowly made their way back into the team, the Hammers have turned their fortunes around.

"They got slaughtered in December because they were losing football matches and now they're performing some of the best results they've performed since we got back in the Premier League," he said.

"It's top-six form and that's what we should be talking about, not talking about the type of football that we play because we play a type of football that suits the players, that's entertaining and it's winning.

"The game is about results - that's a fact. If you don't get results, you don't keep your job. If you don't get results, you get transferred. It's a results business, an entertaining business, and you try and put both together as often as you possibly can."

Meanwhile, joint chairman David Gold told Sky Sports News: "The fans have that right to boo - but all I'd say is I've not known a team play better because the fans are booing."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane wants to play for England U21s at European Championship says Roy Hodgson

Harry Kane wants to "finish the job" and go to the European U21 Championship this summer, according to Roy Hodgson.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company