It has seemed that ever since Sam Allardyce guided West Ham back into the Premier League, at the first time of asking no more, that his job has been at risk. Last summer it looked inevitable that the often maligned ‘Big Sam’ was destined for the chop.
However, The Hammers’ stunning early season form seemed to have arrested the doubts over whether he was the man to guide them into their new Olympic Stadium. But West Ham’s second half capitulation as once again seemingly left him on the brink.
So the question on every Hammers’ fans lips; has he done enough to earn another season leading the East Londoners?
Following a 2-0 win over Leicester in December it seemed extraordinary that people would even be discussing Allardyce’s future at the club, with 31 points from 17 games, The Hammers were sitting pretty in the Champions League spots. Stewart Downing was performing to a level that would lead to a clamour for him to reappear for England, Andy Carroll was terrorising defences and new signing Diafra Sakho was like a young Didier Drogba.
Fast forward four months and West Ham have picked up only 13 more points and have slipped out of the top half.
Since West Ham fans sat down for Christmas dinner they have seen their side win only two league games and have resembled a team going down rather than a team on the up. In fairness to the former Bolton manager, his side have been decimated by injuries, none more vital than the influential Carroll who has almost been completely absent since the turn of the year. Add to this the fact that those new signings who hit the ground running so fast last August have now slowed down to a more gentle crawl and it spells trouble at Upton Park.
With enough points on the board to be completely safe from relegation for some time, this season has lost all momentum. Had West Ham remained consistent and found themselves in mid-table, would fewer questions now be being asked?
The 60 year old has always been calm about his impending discussion with the suits at the Boleyn Ground, but as they edge closer, and results continue to be hard to come by, the chances of a new contract seem to be decreasing all the time.
His signings last year seemed destined to all be superb ones and with another summer of bedding in England their importance could still once again come to the fore next term.
Allardyce has consistently punched above his weight during his managerial career, without gaining the respect he deserves. Although his second half to the season has been a poor one that must be addressed, he has more than warranted another crack at the West Ham job.
With four games to go The Hammers could still reach a massive 56 points, if Big Sam could inspire his men to maximum points from now to the end of the season it may ensure he is still in the hot-seat come next August.