Its been a while, but the Big Man is back in a job. West Ham made the decision to appoint Sam Allardyce as their manager. West Ham “saviours” Gold and Sullivan have finally made a sensible decision, all David Sullivan needs to do now is ditch the velvet suit jacket.
I am a massive fan of Sam Allardyce, surprisingly. As there are 101 reasons why I should hate Big Sam, his kick and rush style of football (myth), his relationship with Sir Alex and El Hadji Diouf, and the fact his Bolton side always got one over Liverpool. But for some strange reason, I admire the guy.
The success Sam Allardyce achieved at Bolton has been very understated. He turned Bolton into a top six Premier League side and attracted some pretty decent talent while he was at it – on a shoe string budget. You can draw a line through his time at Newcastle, there was only room for one overweight guy in a suit at St James Park.
Big Sam was on his way to rebuilding his reputation at Blackburn, doing a sterling job with a limited squad and budget, something which he will inherit and West Ham. Then enter the Indian owners Venkys and Big Sam got the boot and replaced by his back stabbing assistant Steve Kean.
West Ham is the perfect club for Allardyce right now, they can only improve after last season’s showing under Avram Cant. The Championship is a tough division to get out of, and he may need more than one season to get back to the Premier League. The critics pencils will no doubt be sharpened, waiting for West Ham and Allardyce to make an awkward start with life in the Championship.
But im confident that Allardyce will be a success at West Ham, he has already indicated his intent of playing in the West Ham tradition, without comprising his own successful, resilient methods. Allardyce said “At Upton Park we’ll attempt to play the kind of passing game the fans want. We will aim to continue the same on our travels but we’ll also be hard to beat.”