Belfast Telegraph

One direction for West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

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With Steven Beacom

West Ham were booed off the pitch by their own supporters at Upton Park at half-time and full-time on Wednesday night.

They led 1-0 at the break and when the game ended had beaten Hull City 2-1 to secure their place in next season's Premier League.

It was the club's biggest result of the season, yet the team were jeered at the final whistle by furious Eastenders, making Phil Mitchell look about as hostile as a jellied eel.

Not so much blowing bubbles, as blowing their tops after West Ham laboured to victory over Hull, who played most of the match with 10 men.

The thing is though they won. West Ham won. Maybe not the good old 'West Ham way' but THEY WON.

Although not an admirer of Sam Allardyce or his style, I could understand his post match frustrations when he hammered the Hammers for hammering his Hammers.

With those critical words things changed at West Ham for Allardyce. Forever

A bit like in our house this week when my six-year-old daughter told me she now preferred singing One Direction numbers to the football songs I taught her!

There's only one direction that big Sam, having clashed with the Upton Park firm, is going and that's out the door. At the end of the season fans and manager will 'consciously uncouple' and Allardyce will be off.

The board must be careful with his replacement because to West Ham supporters clearly it is not the winning that matters but how you play the game. Well, until they start losing anyway!

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