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We finished 3rd in the table this was Blackpool's chance to get in through the back door and we won.end of story .
What a ****er you are for making a thread like this.
1) BFS achieved a major clear out of players (ranging from dead wood to Demba Ba), and cultivated a squad which gained promotion (which was our original goal). The manner in which he cultivated that squad will allow him dispense with those he dems dispensable, and purchase suitable players for the Play-Off push
2) BFS has achieved a record number of away victories in a single season. I also read that this season was the one in which we scored 4 goals in a game, on more occasions than ever before. We also won by our first +5 margin since the late 1990s
3) We were in contention for promotion throughout the season. Even Alan Pardew could not claim to have done the same in his 1 3/4 seasons as a West Ham manager in the Championship (Division 1)
4) He enjoys a good relationship with the owners, and vice-versa (This relationship is different to the mutually beneficial Venkeys-Kean relationship.)
5) He has an ability to manage Premiership Teams whose ambitions are, in the short term, related to survivial, and nothing else. Blackburn and Bolton will testify to that.
PPersonally, I feel we would be mad to let himgo.
Fair play to Sam, he's done it his way. It's not my preference but the bottom line is he is a very solid Premiership level manager.
He was able to get his Bolton sides into Europe, which is a pretty good feat when you look at the limited resources they have. I'm pretty confident we'll be able to grind out results with him in charge and stay up
The real question should be, when are we going to start singing his name?
At appointment, Allardyce was not a favoured choice of mine personally but he has achieved the brief on which the role was taken and therefore rightly deserves the congratulations for steadying a very rocky ship and returning the club to the highest level.
At times I have despaired at his approach, formations and general footballing philosophy and looked on in envy at the likes of Norwich and Swansea as two examples of clubs with hungry, bright young managers who played football the right way and are the future compared to the likes of say Warnock, McCarthy, McCleish and Bruce and their tired, worn out methods (interestingly all four sacked during this season).
My next judgement of Sam Allardyce will be based on how the team is improved during the close season and most importantly, how the PL season of 2012/13 is approached. I want us to be ballsy and confident and not just be content with the old 'if we stay up by goal difference in our first season back thats success' comments. Rubbish. I didn't see the likes of Rodgers and Lambert take this approach this season. They came up full of confidence and their teams were efficient, attractive to watch and got results their approach deserved.
In terms of team improvements, I trust the club to spend wisely and look for a blend of upcoming and experienced talent, preferably English. Please no tired Bolton freebies or 'season long' foreign loanees we've either never heard of or who are looking for a final payday.
It was brilliant seeing Allardyce sing bubbles. Can't wait to see who he brings into the club.
I think that we should be very grateful that Sam apparently loves living in London!
Right man at the right place at the right time.
These threads are shocking so soon after victory. Enjoy the moment
The perfect manager. Sam has made his reputation on keeping clubs up usually exceeding expectations. Expect a few results agaisnt the big boys too.
I totally agree, let us enjoy going back up to the Premiership and has Big Sam ever had problems getting teams relegated? No, when Bolton 1st went up, he had to change a Championship team to a Premiership team. When we went down we were a very poor Premiership team, like Bolton, Blackburn and Wolves, now we have gotten rid of most the fat and got better players in. Now we are in better shape before we got relegated, just need to add a handful of top quality players, then we will be back in the Premiership for a long time and maybe start pushing for Europe?
Sam is/was the right person to
(a) pick up the squad and dust it down...as he did from August onwards
(b) add one or two (loan) signings to the team over the coming summer, and
(c) by hook or by crook keep us up next year.
However, unless he has some kind of miraculous conversion, he will achieve (c) by grinding out results and playing to the strengths of the team. I have no qualms in saying that we have to look at next season simply as a question of survival. We beat Blackpool by a single goal yesterday and rode our luck for quite a long while in the second half. The teams that we are set to play would be expected to take their chances a little more ruthlessly than Blackpool did yesterday.
Sam can achieve 17th next season. Anything better than that will be a real result.
of course Sam is the right mananager for the Premiership you only have to look at what he did at Bolton ok it wasn't pretty but he made them a tough to beat who knew how to roll their sleaves up and scrap and fight for every point (some thing we were seriously lacking in our last few premiership seasons under Zola and Grant] and that is exactly the sort of team we need to become if we are going to re-establish our selves as a premiership team.
[quote="morrisey is a hammer"]Right man at the right place at the right time.[/quote
This Acknowledge what we achieved not what 'might' have been.
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This thread at this time = The equivalent of the inevitable pillock pulling faces or showing his arse behind a live TV broadcast and thinking it's funny.
He will make good signings to complement the already strong and exciting core squad we have.
He will play to our strengths initially in an attempt to ensure we get vital early wins on the board.
And, I think much like this season, the nice, flowing, expansive football will come with time.
This club is infectious, and I think it is slowly getting to Sam - seeing him waving his West Ham flag like a loon during the celebrations and the odd moments where he sang along to 'bubbles' makes me think that he fully understands what the fans want here, and he is going to build on the excellent job he has already done.
Starting this thread yesterday of all days should result in a lifetime ban for the utter c*nt of a human being who started it.
To the OP;
Yes. No **** off!