Next Game

West Ham v W Bremen

Sunday, 02 August 2015, 15:00

Friendly Match

Upton Park

Last Game

West Ham 2 - 2 FC Astra

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 19:45

Europa League Qual Third Round

Allardyce on the big spenders

Sam Allardyce has warned it will take a huge amount of money for West Ham to challenge the established order at the Premier League summit.

Last Updated: 19/05/13 at 15:49 Post Comment

Sam Allardyce: 'For small improvement, it is a considerable amount of millio

Sam Allardyce: 'For small improvement, it is a considerable amount of millio

A ninth home victory of the season against Reading on Sunday would secure a top-half finish - a handsome return for last year's Championship play-off winners - but Allardyce knows further progress for his side will be a different matter.

"For the small improvement, it is a considerable amount of millions which is needed today, that is the difficulty we all face," Allardyce told Talksport.

"You buy a £10m player or a £12m player today and everybody expects the team to improve by 15 or 20 per cent, but often it is only by one or two per cent.

"The size of the fees for players and wages just don't relate to how much they improve the team.

"That brings more and more pressure on you as a manager in trying to improve the side.... but the money needed today is astronomical.

"We have got some funds available, but the financial restrictions kick in this year and those funds will be restricted.

"We have to be careful where, and how, we spend our money to try and improve the side, which is something we must do.

"It is worrying for everybody and we will have to see how it works out. It makes life that little bit more difficult.

"But we will have to learn to deal with it and, hopefully as a team, we can get better despite those restrictions."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Leicester agree club-record fee for Charles Aranguiz

Leicester are discussing terms with Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz after agreeing a club-record £10.5m fee with Internacional.

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

Liverpool beat HJK, Villa draw at Forest and Leeds see off Everton

Liverpool beat HJK, Aston Villa drew 3-3 at Nottingham Forest, while Leeds beat Everton 2-0 and Newcastle lost at home on Saturday.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

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