Sam Allardyce on West Ham brink after 6-0 Manchester City thrashing
The Hammers were humiliated at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, with Sam Allardyce admitting that he’s close to the sack at Upton Park after seeing his team thrashed for the second time in the space of a few days.
January 9th, 2014
Allardyce was keen for his West Ham team to still be within a chance of reaching the Capital One Cup final going into the second leg, although Manchester City were rampant and the visitors had no answer to the incessant attacks from Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
A hat-trick from Alvaro Negredo was supplemented by a goal from Yaya Toure and a brace from Edin Dzeko, with the Hammers boss admitting that he needs to improve results quickly if he is to retain the support of David Gold and David Sullivan.
“You cannot keep losing football matches, that is for sure, as a manager,” Allardyce said. “You cannot think it will be allowed to continue. I don’t want it to continue that is for sure.
“We know the reasons why but in the end even those reasons won’t save you. We have to get those (injured) players back as quick as we can and we have got to not lose confidence in our own ability and get out of this hole we are in at the moment.”
Allardyce pointed to City’s magnificent form at home this season to try and justify his team’s insipid performance, telling Sky Sports: “We are very disappointed obviously, but to look at Manchester City’s record at home this season and what they have done to Tottenham and Manchester United, and Arsenal – we knew they had to have an off night and we had to have a really good night from our point of view”.