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J.Riddle 6:37 Mon Jan 27
Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Sam Allardyce has given West Ham fans just a taste of how ridiculous the club’s transfer strategy was during his spell as manager at Upton Park.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Hammers boss revealed he was often ‘given presents’ by co-owner David Sullivan… in the form of new players.

The problem was, however, that Big Sam had no idea who they were.

And, if they didn’t perform as expected, he would get the blame for his ‘poor coaching’.

Sam Allardyce was West Ham manager for four years and brought stability to the club, but was axed over his playing style
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Sam Allardyce was West Ham manager for four years and brought stability to the club, but was axed over his playing style
Allardyce’s revelation comes amid a troubling time for the Hammers, with the relationship between supporters and the club hierarchy reaching breaking point.

Angry fans have accused owners David Sullivan and David Gold of breaking their promises, having vowed to build a ‘world-class team for a world-class stadium’ when they decided to leave their historic Upton Park ground in 2016.

Hundreds of die-hard Hammers recently gathered outside of the London Stadium to protest against Gold and Sullivan’s leadership, and an interview with Gold on talkSPORT, where he responded to fans’ concerns, only appeared to make matters worse.

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And now Allardyce has explained the amount of control the club’s ownership had on the team and signings, sometimes even without the manager’s knowledge.

“David would have his own mind about his own players,” said Big Sam on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“I found that dealing directly with David was the order of the day.

“You’d get the odd present from David every now and again, where he fancies a player, brings him in and you have to live with it.

“He’d just turn up for pre-season, and David would say: ‘Here’s one, I fancied this one.’


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“It was normally a centre-forward who scores goals,” Big Sam said with a smile.

“Which is fine because you think: ‘Well if he can come and score goals that would be amazing!’

“And you just hope that it works, because if he didn’t score or you didn’t play him you get the can for that: ‘It’s your coaching techniques not bringing the best out of him!’

“And no, I’m not naming any names!”

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eusebiovic 4:28 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
...or more accurately Barry Silkman used to turn up with a new player at training to clear the chaff out of his warehouse

The_Phantom 3:23 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Hate Allardyce
Hate Sullivan

in this case the enemy of my enemy is my friend

The Grim Rieper 3:08 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Any more Pye?

brick_lane_batty_boy 3:01 Tue Jan 28
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Russ of the BML 10:41 Tue Jan 28
Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training

That's a really lovely piece -- enjoyed that thoroughly and 100% agree

Northern Sold 12:04 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
They was talking about Logan Pye on TS yesterday… seems like a few on his case now…

southbankbornnbred 12:02 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Russ,

You're just lacking a tiny bit of clarity there, mate. Are you saying that you love Sulli and BFS? It's hard to know where you stand.

;-)

PeterJ 11:17 Tue Jan 28
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4ever-blowin-bubbles 11:07 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training

To be fair, it’s exactly what I thought...

4ever-blowin-bubbles 11:07 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
is big sam writing a book soon lol

scott_d 11:02 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
I never really liked Sam and this story doesn't sway my opinion either way.

BUT I am glad that regardless of the timing and where it's coming from, there is some anecdotal evidence of just how inept our owners are.

I'm thanking BFS for that but I am glad he is showing them up for who they really are.

Russ of the BML 10:41 Tue Jan 28
Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Let me say this; Sam Allardyce is a cunt. End of. He couldn't actually give a fuck if Sullivan turned up with a player for him without his knowledge because a) He is a lazy cunt and if he can earn his money by doing as little as possible then he is happy with that and b) It gives him a 'get out of jail' card because if they turn up and they are shit then it's not his player.

Now, all of a sudden, he comes out with this bollocks. I am not saying its a lie and, in fact, I would suggest its almost certainly true. But, why say all this now? If he had any balls he would've said to them whilst manager at West Ham that this doesn't happen. He chooses the players to bring in and nobody else. But he knew he was onto a good thing. Earning millions and having players dropped into him; he was in his element.

And why not even say this when he got sacked? Again, because it never bothered him. All he is doing now is just putting the boot in like everyone else. It's just very easy and convenient for him.

And whilst it has highlighted another woeful mis-giving of Sullivan and substantiates a lot of what we know in that he is not fit to run our club. I can't help feeling this is a bit like a rattlesnake telling me that the cobra is dangerous. As far as I am concerned they are both as bad as one another and both a pair of snivelling, money grabbing, two faced scum bags.

one iron 10:38 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
The boys got family in surrey,and wants to come to westham.

one iron 10:37 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
(nt)

Block 10:32 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
BFS only had an issue with this because the players wasn't signed through "his" preferred agents, the fat cunt.

Takashi Miike 10:18 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
*checked him out*

Takashi Miike 10:15 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Bill, looks like the Man U scouts have already due did him out


https://amp.sportsmole.co.uk/football/man-utd/transfer-talk/news/man-utd-keen-to-beat-arsenal-to-logan-pye_387581.html

one iron 10:08 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Seams Sullivan brings in players,well ill help him, send someone to watch LOGAN PYE,BOYS 17 PLAYS FOR SUNDERLAND,Hes going to be massive,plays left back.

zico 9:11 Tue Jan 28
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Regardless who signs players it's clear that we don't scout them enough in areas beyond any footballing ability. Character/Personality/Injury History etc all seems to have been forgotten or overlooked when it comes to recruiting players. I very much doubt potential signings are looked at for 10 or so games to gauge their consistency and to see if they are one to roll their sleeves up or just become a moody so and so once things don't go well. Even back in the 70's/80's due diligence on scouting players seemed to be light years ahead of where it is now where a quick glance at a You Tube video seems to be the norm.

Hermit Road 2:53 Tue Jan 28
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Without names this is meaningless especially coming from the fat man. I reckon it is probably true but for all I know Sullivan picked a better player than fatty. I want to know who these players were.

southbankbornnbred 1:17 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Just as we always suspected: the poisoned dwarf is in total control of the club's transfer policy. What qualifies him to make judgements on which players to sign, exactly? He's not a UEFA qualified coach, he's not even a shite former professional footballer. He's a billionnaire, granted, but hasn't exactly made his millions by exercising good football judgement.

Bilic, I know, was fecked over on transfers in the same way. He's far too dignified to say it, but I'm sure you'd get the same story from Slaven as was told by Allardyce.

Moyes will find out soon enough, too.

This club is run by clowns. They HAVE to go for us to have any hope of progressing. The sooner the better,

Sniper 1:00 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Did allardyce also mention how his agent mates would turn up with a new player and a bag marked ‘swag’ for him for agreeing to sign them?

Lily Hammer 12:30 Tue Jan 28
Re: Allardyce says Sullivan used to turn up with a new player at training
Ha!

Tell him to go check out the character and integrity of a player and his family, he’d say “Charawha? Integwho? What language are you speaking? I can’t understand a word you’re saying.”

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