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PRESSURE ON SAM ALLARDYCE AT THE ACADEMY OF FOOTBALL WHERE HAMMERS ARE HAUNTED BY FORMER GLORIES

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BY JOHN GUBBA

When Sam Allardyce accepted the challenge of attempting to take West Ham United back to the Premier League at the first attempt, he always knew his first task would be to win over the fans who want to see their team play attacking football. But losing the season’s opening home match was not in the script.

Big Sam has weight of history on his shoulders

Big Sam expected to win promotion

The new boss will already be feeling the pressure has intensified after Kenny Miller’s last minute winner for Cardiff. And it’s the weight of history that makes the Hammers job all the harder. Not only is Big Sam expected to win promotion.  Irons’ fans want to see their team play the sophisticated attacking game that earned their club the reputation as The Academy of Football.

Twenty five years ago Upton Park was a happy place to be.  And West Ham started the new season full of pride, hoping to emulate their best ever League campaign when the Boys of 86 finished in third place in the Top Flight. For Allardyce to achieve what John Lyall did all those years ago is impossible to imagine. Simply winning promotion would be a remarkable achievement.