Under fire West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has urged his team to use their ‘anger’ to battle themselves out of their current decline, BBC reports.
This comes after a 6-0 loss to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final and a 5-0 thrashing by Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup a few nights before.
In an email to the fans, the former Bolton manager insists that his team will come out fighting.
“We’ve got to get out there, face the music and use it to anger us, make us mad, and win matches,” he said.
“The players can’t feel sorry for themselves. We are professionals and we’ve got to take the criticism thrown at us because that’s what happens in the game at this level.
“We’ve got to be man enough to take it on the chin and be determined enough to show people that what they think at this particular moment in time is wrong.
“You either come out fighting or you sink and die. I come out fighting as a manager and my staff and players are the same.”
David Sullivan and David Gold, the joint chairmen of the club, stated they still stand by their manager despite the two heavy losses.
This weekend’s crunch match against fellow relegation battlers Cardiff will give much more insight into the future of Big Sam at West Ham.