Sam Allardyce

Barkley Responds To The Sun On The Pitch, Chelsea Rubbish Without Alonso, And Liverpool Manage To Not Concede A Set-Piece!

Chris Darwen | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

Well, well, well. Has that made things interesting? I mean, considering Jose is putting his eggs pretty much in the basket labelled Europa League, United's win at Old Trafford has to go down as a bit of a shock...

Road To Recovery: Crystal Palace's Shock Win At Stamford Bridge Signals Sam Allardyce's Redemption

Alex Gidden | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Sport
Alex Gidden

​Only in the world of football could a man go full cycle of turning from hero to villain, and then back to hero again in just under a 12-month period... Like so many things in life, football moves on, and it seems that on the evidence of the reaction to Palace's win over Chelsea, the game is willing to accept Allardyce once again.

Redknapp And Souness Hit New Depths, Mings Needs To Watch Where He Is Running And Harry Kane Is A This Season Wonder

Chris Darwen | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

One saving grace for the likes of Leicester, Bournemouth and Boro has to be the fact that Sunderland are surely halfway up the creek with no paddles whatsoever. Jermain Defoe crashed a shot against the bar but you just knew that a very average City side were going to score eventually, and they did. If I was feeling generous I would say that is what a good side can do, play badly and win. But I'm not feeling generous.

Today's Tales: Jose, The Community Shield Does NOT Count

Chris Darwen | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

What a week in football. We started with #PieGate, we slipped into #ClaudioGate, had Stoke unable to #ShutTheGate live on Sky TV and then, finally, #Z...

Klopp Suggests 'Strong Winds Made Wolve Run Too Fast' As Reason For Cup Defeat

Chris Darwen | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

The FA Cup was back in action over the weekend, giving us a break from seeing Liverpool spontaneously self-combust their Premier League title challeng...

Record Breaker Rooney Forgets The Robot!

Chris Darwen | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

The stage was set in Stoke. People were turning up purely to see the record broken. How would he celebrate? Would he even get a game considering how i...

Football Isn't Always Easy to Love

Stephen Mayne | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Sport
Stephen Mayne

I don't want my national manager to last a mere 67 days because he's too greedy to say no to the prospect of cash on the side and too dumb to keep it hidden. Football, underneath all these many ominous clouds is a beautiful thing. I just wish this game wouldn't work so hard to test my affection.

Big Sam And The Science Of Screwing Up

Jamie Beck | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Sport
Jamie Beck

It was August that I wrote a blog in support of Sam Allardyce's appointment as England manager. One can never guarantee success (this is the England football team after all) but the hope was that his approach to sports science and man management, coupled with the talent available just might push England to being competitive in a major tournament. This was not the ending that I had in mind.

Sam Allardyce Gets Slaughtered After Blaming Media 'Entrapment' For Downfall

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK

Sam Allardyce has been widely condemned after blaming press entrapment for his downfall as England manager. A row on the ethics behind a sting broke o...

The Football Association Have Dealt With Allardyce Scandal By The Books

David Alexander | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Sport
David Alexander

"We are the guardians of the game. It's the right decision to protect the integrity of the FA," said FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn on the in-house FA TV channel, and to their credit, the governing body have dealt with this sorry affair impeccably.

Presenter Blames 'Poisonous Press' For Sam Allardyce's Fate In 'Poorly Worded' Tweet

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK

A sports presenter has blamed Sam Allardyce’s downfall on the “poisonous press”, in a hastily deleted and then reworded tweet. BT Sport’s Jake...

England Manager Sam Allardyce Stands Down After Newspaper Sting

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK

England manager Sam Allardyce has left his job after he was filmed advising businessmen how to get around rules on transferring players. Allardyce is ...

Kloppo Did Some Very Nice Business On Deadline Day

Chris Darwen | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Sport
Chris Darwen

You can often get a feel for a new manager by the substitutions he makes to change a game. I'd just like to point out that Sam brought on Walcott and left Vardy, yeah you know the one that led Leicester to the Premier League title last season, on the bench. Still, he has taught Lallana to actually hit the back of the net so progress is being made, right?

Tarandang - Live Music's End Times

Chris T-T | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chris T-T

Here's the thing that has truly done my head in: nobody here is giving this elaborate live show anything more than a cursory glance of attention. Really, nobody's watching.

What's Gone Wrong for West Ham Since Christmas?

Joe Difford | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

They certainly haven't lost the fight they showed in the first three months of the campaign, except for two of what can only be described as humiliating results against West Brom in the FA Cup and Crystal Palace. So, what's gone wrong?

What Has Luck Got to Do With It? There Is None in Football

Jamie Spencer | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

Luck in football is little more than a myth and blaming a supposed lack of it is a lazy and convenient excuse for failure, while being jealous of others is failing to see what they do better.

The Dreaded Long Ball: So What?

Joe Difford | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

When the words long and ball are read or heard, many would conjure up images of Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis embracing as the likes of Peter Crouch and Andy Carroll frolic around them. However, many fail to consider that this tactic can be hugely effective, if executed correctly.

Five Factors Behind West Ham's Dramatic Improvement

Joe Difford | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

This time last season, West Ham United were mid-way through their seemingly regular flirtation with relegation and were preparing for a painful second half of the season... Here are the five defining factors in the East London club's rebirth, other than the obvious arrival of new and improved players.

Andy Carroll Mocked For Saying West Ham Can Win The Premier League

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Sport

Andy Carroll has come under fire from his boss and football fans everywhere after suggesting that West Ham can win the Premier League. Andy Carroll...

Why There'll Definitely Be One Premier League Sacking in November

Graham Matthews | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Sport
Graham Matthews

Like the current extended summer we've experienced in the UK, the fate of Premier League managers appears to be undergoing a similar process. Any day now the temperature is sure to drop ten degrees and the first managerial departure is expected to arrive with it.

Samuel Luckhurst

Rooney The Villain, Rather Than The Victim, As United Hold On

HuffingtonPost.com | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Sport

Captaincy choices can be polarising and don't expect to see Alex Song don the armband for West Ham again. He was booked after 131 seconds and culpable...

Has Sam Allardyce Done Enough to Win Over the West Ham Fans?

Joe Difford | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

Big Sam has done exactly what has been asked of him and fans can now look forward to every game, something that has not been true for a long time. So after all of this, has he done enough to win over even his biggest critics, or is it still too early to tell?

Ravel Morrison - A New Start at Cardiff City?

Chris Saunders | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Saunders

At the same stage in his career, Leon Jeanne was a highly hyped, pacey, skillful midfielder with the world at his feet. He had a few off-field issues, but City took a chance on him. Now he plays for Weston-Super-Mare. Nothing against Weston-Super-Mare. It's a nice place. I visited once. But let's hope Morrison doesn't go the same way.

You Won't Believe West Ham Co-Chairman Gold's Excuse For Allardyce Twitter Gaffe

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Sport

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has blamed jet-lag for a social media gaffe that suggested he wanted to see Sam Allardyce sacked. Having travelled...

Bringing Sexy Back

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Sport
Rohan Banerjee

There's a risk associated with playing a certain style of football or with only certain players, and it is one which West Ham fans must note. It would take several transfer windows, not one, to transform West Ham... West Ham can't afford the drama of the drop or to risk restarting their current project under new management.