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West Ham boo-boys are well within their rights… their club is being turned into Bolton 2.0

Date: 1st April 2014 at 6:47pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Last week, West Ham recorded a home victory against Hull City that all-but-mathematically-confirmed their Premier League status for next season. Yet the result, 2-1, that was decided by a Hammers penalty and a James Chester own goal, and the performance, in which  the Hammers recorded just three shots on target against a ten-man Tigers side, was met by a rapture of echoing boos around Upton Park. Living up to the role of pantomime villain - a status he's often endured amongst the East London faithful - like a 'heel' character of WWE's squared-circle,  Sam Allardyce put his hand to his ear cupping the chorus of discontent, part mockingly and part in disbelief. Accordingly,  a variety of leading figures in the West Ham community, ranging from David Gold and Karen Brady to England 1966 hero Martin Peters and erm... Dean Windass... have condemned the Boleyn boo-boys. Considering this was perhaps  the most  important result in the Hammers' season thus far, that position is certainly understandable. But so is that of the Upton Park support, whom, whether their vocal militance was poor-fitting for the occasion or not, have not had their justified arguments fairly represented. The issue is one of style of play. Sam Allardyce has become synonymous with long-ball, territorial, attrition football, perhaps best illustrated by his adoration for goal-shy, work-horse strikers such as Andy Carroll and Kevin Davies over the years.  Jose Mourinho hit the nail on the head when he dubbed Big Sam's tactics as '19th Century' back in January. Another synonym for those philosophical soundbites would ... Read More


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