The problems between West Ham United‘s ownership and management continue, and it has to be time now that the Hammers get rid of Sam Allardyce.
Yesterday, West Ham co-chairman David Gold favorited a tweet from a Hammers fan asking whether today would be the day that BFS (Big Fat Sam) would be sacked.
Is today the day we get rid of BFS ?? @davidgold fingers crossed
— stephen (@harris2011_s) July 28, 2014
Gold replied via Twitter this morning and made a statement about the situation:
“After a 33 hour flight from New Zealand, I was in my car scanning through my tweets and it seems I [accidentally] favourited one [tweet]. It has made some of the papers today so I should clarify that I did not and would never deliberately or intentionally endorse a tweet that questions our manager’s position. Lesson: don’t use Twitter when you’re jet lagged!”
But this isn’t the first time a co-chairman at West Ham has undermined Allardyce’s position at the club. Co-chairman David Sullivan went on national radio and told millions of listeners that Allardyce should be performing better. Although fans appreciate honesty, that cannot have done ‘Big Sam’ any good.
It has also been reported that the owners want midfielder Ravel Morrison to sign another contract, despite Allardyce claiming that he is not in his plans and never will be. That’s another case of a football club’s board trying to sign players without management consideration.
Clearly something has to give. Owners own football clubs and managers manage them. That is how it’s always been, and that is how it should be now. Unfortunately some owners cannot see this reasoning.
For example, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has done this sort of thing twice. He employed Dennis Wise to manage all signings both in and out of the club. I suspect Ashley had a lot of say about the type of player he wanted to buy.
Newcastle ended up getting relegated, and it has only been since Wise was sacked, and subsequently Joe Kinnear who had the same role, that Newcastle have started buying sensibly and made some smart signings this year.
The same fate will happen to West Ham if they don’t sack Allardyce. I am not calling for his head because I believe that he is a truly awful manager, but because if he doesn’t go, the friction on the sidelines will make its way to the pitch. As soon as that happens, West Ham will be gone. Sack ‘Big Sam’ for your own sake, West Ham.