Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Some questions for Sam Allardyce

This, from Sam Allardyce in the Evening Standard, yesterday:

“The fans at Tottenham thought it was going to a breeze for them, a nice comfortable three points. But the Premier League will tell you that if you think like that then you are going to get your backside kicked, and they got their backside kicked.”

Okay, so, like I say, a few questions:

Does he really mean "the fans"?

If so, does he believe that this collective arrogant attitude from the terraces was the chief contributing factor to our defeat?

And it was "the fans" that got their backsides kicked? By his players?

Or does he mean our players? Were they the ones that were too confident and too casual? He must mean the players, right?

(But if he does mean the fans, do we, the fans, have a manager? And if so, could that manager not have torn into us at half time? Got us a bit more focused, maybe made a couple of changes?)

Let's go back to assuming he means the players: what was their attitude for the previous 14 home games against West Ham? Were they fearful of a terrible hiding every time the boys in claret and blue came to town - and so raised their game in order to prevent this mauling?

Or were they equally casual and just got lucky - 14 years in a row?

Is that sarcasm drifting dangerously close to wildly misplaced arrogance? And if it is, have I already cost us three points next season?

Has he ever met  a Spurs fan? Okay, I mean Spurs fans like me. Okay, I mean me. I never think we're getting a nice, comfortable three points. 'Nice' and 'comfortable' are not words that match my Spurs experience or expectations.

Can 'the Premier League' talk?

What does it sound like?

Is it true that you're the most brilliant and underrated manager in the history of football?

There are two things beyond question: West Ham beat us fair and square and all managers are effortlessly irritating, especially just after they've beaten us.


  1. I know a lot of West Ham fans, season ticket holders and he is just playing to the fans. He put all his eggs in one basket with Carroll and it was starting to be questioned if it was a good call as they were struggling up front.

    Some of the fans don’t like the long ball, set piece style of football and they still could be in a relegation battle this year.

    I class Allardyce in the same bracket as Redknapp, all trap and a mid to lower premiership manager.

    They are going to get it at Upton Park, our players and manager must be hurt by the performance.

    1. you'll have to bring a better team than that then ! Dont worry we will look forward to it !

  2. Some fans may not like the long ball but they LOVE winning at your place.

    Happy days!

  3. Having read plenty of Spurs fans arrogant "this a cup final" comments for lowly West Ham before the game ,i think this result is a reality check for those fans .The time to crow and boast is at the end of the season when your team has achieved something ,not 7 games in ! West Ham may yet be in a relegation struggle , although on the evidence of this game ,i dont think so .Spurs just might under achieve themselves ,any thing is possible in football and surely thats what true football fans are drawn by .