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BIG SAM TELLS HAMMERS FANS WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR BUT IN THE END THE NEW WEST HAM BOSS WILL DO IT HIS WAY

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Can Big Sam deliver at the Academy of Football?

Can Big Sam deliver at the Academy of Football?

BY JOHN GUBBA

West Ham United fans will have to swallow their pride and their principles next season when new boss Sam Allardyce attempts to get the Hammers back into the Premier League at the first attempt.

Big Sam will earn a one million pound bonus – on top of his annual salary of £1.25 million – if he can deliver promotion. And anyone who expects the former Blackburn, Bolton and Newcastle boss to do it playing beautiful football is as deluded as FIFA’s  stubborn President Sepp Blatter.

The 56-year-old replaces Avram Grant, sacked minutes after West Ham’s relegation was sealed by a 3-2 defeat at Wigan Athletic last month, and Allardyce is too long in the tooth to change his footballing philosphy now. But do not underestimate the ability of the experienced boss who took Bolton into the Premier League and is well equipped to do the same with the Hammers.

Will Big Sam deliver any Hammers Classics? Click to buy the DVD

Will Big Sam deliver any Hammers Classics? Click to buy the DVD

“It is an honour to be the new manager of West Ham United. It is a fantastic club with a great tradition and loyal supporters who deserve to be in the Premier League. I can’t wait to begin pre-season training as I am determined to get this club back where it belongs,” says Allardyce.

“I wouldn’t have taken this job if I didn’t think we could bounce straight back into the Premier League. More than that, I wouldn’t have contemplated the job if I didn’t think there was the opportunity to build something substantial at West Ham.”

The board have told Allardyce he has money to spend. But he knows his first test will be to win over Hammmers’ fans worried about the style of play he will adopt.

‘I know there will be West Ham fans asking whether I’m going to abandon the style of play that’s been the club’s heritage over the years,” admits Allardyce who was sacked by Blackburn mid-season because the board wanted to see more entertaining football.

“All I’ll say is it will be a tale of home and away. At Upton Park we’ll attempt to play the kind of passing game the fans want. We will aim to continue in the same way on our travels but we’ll also be tough, hard to beat and utterly resilient.”

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WEST HAM RELEGATED BY AMAZING WIGAN FIGHTBACK: BUT YOU CAN BLAME BOARD FOR DECLINE NOT JUST ‘IMPOSTER’ GRANT

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SACKED: Avram Grant Millwall legend. West Ham relegated and rival fans poke fun at Hammers boss who lost relegation fight and job

SACKED: Avram Grant Millwall legend. West Ham relegated and rival fans poke fun at Hammers boss who lost relegation fight and job

BY JOHN GUBBA

The future of West Ham United has never looked bleaker because David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady have brought the clubs to its knees – and if ever there was a time to sack the board this is it.

A remarkable comeback by Wigan from 2 goals down to relegate the Hammers with a stunning 3-2 win that was completed by Charles N’Zogbia hitting a dramatic injury-time winner put the final nail in the coffin. But the West Ham decline began when the two Davids bought the club.

It all started when the ex-Birmingham spivs  sacked manager Gianfranco Zola, brought in Avram Grant – and then undermined their new manager when Karren Brady made a botched attempt to bring in Martin O’Neill. And don’t get me started on the folly of quitting Upton Park to move to the Olympic Stadium – a move which the vast majority of Hammers fans do not want to make.

Avram Grant embarrassed and sacked by Hammers within minutes of being relegated

Avram Grant embarrassed and sacked by Hammers within minutes of being relegated

To rub in West Ham’s woe the club’s shambolic end of season was held up to ridcule when a light aircraft flew over the DW Stadium as the Hammers were being relegated with a banner proclaiming: “Avram Grant Millwall legend.” And rival fans have flooded Twitter and Facebook with a barrage of mickey taking including the photoshopped image of him wearing a Millwall shirt  featured above.

This really is rock bottom for the East Enders and the former Chelsea manager. And Grant’s fate was confirmed within minutes of the Hammers being relegated when his immediate departure from the club was confirmed. First-team coach Kevin Keen will take charge for the final game of the season at home to Sunderland.

Wigan delight: Conor Sammon celebrates making it 2-2

Wigan delight: Conor Sammon celebrates making it 2-2

With so many errors of judgement by the board, it would be wrong to put the blame on Grant.The Hammers boss has been extremely dignified in the way he has conducted himself, despite the shameful way he has been treated by Brady Gold and Sullivan. But the news from inside the club is that the Israeli failed to bring the best out of his players who nicknamed him ‘the imposter’.

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