Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Liverpool

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 2 - 2 West Ham

Monday, 15 September 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Sam's still the man for West Ham

FanZone's West Ham blogger Greg Styles hopes Sam Allardyce sticks around at Upton Park - despite the fact Paolo Di Canio may now be available.

Last Updated: 19/02/13 at 13:10 Post Comment

Sam Allardyce: Future uncertain

Sam Allardyce: Future uncertain

When we departed the Premier League in 2011 with just 33 points on the board, the West Ham bubble had well and truly burst.

Now, 26 games into our return to the top flight, we are just three points shy of the total we achieved in a whole campaign under a certain Avram Grant.

The team, the club and the mentality have changed for the better and that is down to one man - Sam Allardyce.

'Big Sam' inherited a club that had been badly scarred at the hands of Icelandic 'millionaires', overpaid players and dodgy agents.

He stripped the club to the bare bones and rebuilt it. That alone is no mean feat, but to gain promotion at the first time of asking, well that's nothing short of sublime.

There are fans who will argue that with the squad we had, we should have been expecting to win the Championship - but look at the plight of last season's relegated sides.

Blackburn are the only team in the top half, whilst Bolton languish 17th and Wolves are below them in 21st. All have changed managers this campaign.

It is easy to forget just how hard it is to escape the clutches of the 12-14 Championship teams who believe they have the right to be one of the three promoted sides.

And after guiding the club through the minefield that was last season, we are now just two or three wins away from guaranteeing top-flight football for next year.

With only three wins since the start of December, there is bound to be some disgruntled voices among the Hammers faithful - but we still occupy 11th place, something not to be sniffed at.

Some tough fixtures lay ahead with Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea to come, and the team will need to rediscover the mean defending which propelled us during the early parts of the season.

With Paolo Di Canio now available after leaving Swindon, there will of course be speculation that the Italian could return to Upton Park, particularly with the uncertainty surrounding a new deal for Allardyce.

I'm sure Di Canio will return one day, but that day is not in the immediate future. He shows in abundance the impetulance that could disrupt any club, let alone one trying to stabilise after a tough few years.

I see no better man for the job than Sam.

Whatever you make of his footballing philosophy, the man gets results - and as a Hammers fan, results are what we have been craving during times when we've been playing more attractive football.

With Big Sam at the helm, there is no doubt in my mind that we will continue to be a Premier League team.

Doubt which might otherwise be there if an iconic Italian walked back through the door at Upton Park.

By Greg Styles, FanZone's West Ham blogger. Follow him on Twitter at @GStyles19 - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Champions League: Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart left to rue late Bayern Munich winner

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted Jerome Boateng's late winner for Bayern Munich felt like a kick in the teeth.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property