There has been lots of speculation of late over the future of West Ham manager Sam Allardyce especially since joint Chairman David Gold announced earlier in the week that discussions over his new contract won’t be taken place until West Ham have confirmed their Premier League status.
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Allardyce became manager of West Ham at the beginning of last season and with some swift business in the summer and January transfer windows managed to get West Ham back into the Premier League, through the play offs, at the first attempt. Despite this he has never really won over the whole of the West Ham crowd. Many of the fans don’t like the football he plays and don’t understand some of the tactical decisions substitutions he makes during the games especially when West Ham are losing.
One of the names that has been thrown out there as a replacement for Allardyce is Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet. The Uruguayan has been manager of Brighton since 2009 and got them promoted to the Championship in his first season. He has established them into a good Championship side who will always have a solid finish in the top 10. Not only do they well each year, Poyet has got them playing good attractive football. They are currently 7th in the League, four points of the play-offs but with a game in hand.
So is Gus Poyet ready to make that step up to the Premier League and would he be right for West Ham United Football Club?
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As mentioned earlier Poyet has got his Brighton team playing some really good football and he likes his team to bring the ball out from the back. This would appeal to most West Ham fans as they would like us to be playing the ‘West Ham way’ which is known as playing football on the floor and taking teams apart through passing. Although I feel the ‘West Ham’ was long gone before Allardyce became manager of West Ham. With the ball being played around on the floor, things would start to get a bit more exciting. Some of the games have been quite boring this year and especially last year. I remember thinking last season while watching us at home every other week ‘I love the fact that we are winning games and it feels good but I am half bored watching this football.’
One of the reasons people may not want Poyet as a manager of West Ham is because the feel that he hasn’t had much experience but you have to remember he has coached at Swindon, Leeds and also Tottenham before he became manager of Brighton. He is also very highly regarded in the world of Football.
Now I am writing this article a couple of days after Paolo Di Canio resigned as Swindon Town manager and he obviously hasn’t had much experience as a coach but I am pretty sure the majority of West Ham fans would love him to become manager of the club. But if you look at it all on experience he is a lot worse off. But please don’t get me wrong if he was appointed manager of West Ham I would be absolutely delighted and probably run up and down my street naked. So you just have to remember it’s not all about experience and if you’re a good manager you should be able to do well in the Premier League.
By Sam Hodges
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