Nolan backs Allardyce record

Kevin Nolan has launched a strong defence of Sam Allardyce following intense speculation that the West Ham United manager could be facing the sack.

Last Updated: 13/05/14 at 10:14 Post Comment

Sam Allardyce: West Ham manager has been criticised in some quarters recently

Sam Allardyce: West Ham manager has been criticised in some quarters recently

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Allardyce's role is under scrutiny following protests from some Hammers fans in recent weeks, while the former Bolton Wanderers manager was unhappy with the booing that accompanied his side's home win over Hull City in March.

The Hammers finished 13th in the Barclays Premier League, and while Allardyce is thought to be meeting the club's owners this week to resolve the future, the club captain is adamant the current manager is the right man for the job.

"At the end of the day he deserves more respect than he has received," declared Nolan. "I'm disappointed there is all this talk, but that's the life of a football manager.

"It's crazy, but that's the world of football these days. He's got a thick skin and he's got a meeting with the chairman this week to discuss where we go in the future.

"All the lads are hoping it's only paper talk and that we can look forward to another season in the Premier League."

Nolan played for Allardyce at Bolton, and was brought to Upton Park by his former manager when he joined from Newcastle in 2011. The pair helped the Hammers win promotion back to the Premier League a year later, and Nolan cannot understand why Allardyce is being criticised.

"I'd be very disappointed if he lost his job. All the boys would because of what he's done this year to make sure this club remains in this league again," he added.

"Before he came, we were in the Championship and the club was in a real bad state. Not just on the outside, but inside. That's what he does. He builds from the foundations up and he's starting to build something here.

"He's got the vision and if we all get behind him, chairman, myself, players, the fans, then this club will have a successful future.

"You have to remember it's a minority of fans who do all the shouting and sometimes they shout loudest."

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ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

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thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

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ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

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