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Saturday, 11 January 2014

West Ham United: Who would you like to see replace Big Sam?


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After two heavy defeats West Ham manager Sam Allardyce's job is on the line this afternoon as his hapless Hammers take on Cardiff City. Championship Nottingham Forest put five past a youthful side to end their FA Cup dreams while Manchester City hit them for six to all but knock them out of the Capital One Cup running. 

The fans are furious with Big Sam's selections, tactics and refusal to even acknowledge their dedication to the cause and the pressure is on the owners to sack the manager. 

So far David Gold and David Sullivan have refused to buckle to the fans - that and the fact they would have to pay Allardyce about £6 million in compensation - but defeat today could make the decision for them.

Allardyce fielded a young side against Forest and expected to get beat by City - we all did - but we also thought they might show some attacking intention against Pellegrini's side. His main priority is survival in the Premier League, but the Hammers start today second from bottom and three points from safety. 

Having won one of their past 10 league outings and recorded only three victories in the league all season, the Hammers are staring relegation in the face. Unless there is an almighty turnaround in fortunes at Upton Park.

Allardyce and West Ham United was never going to be a match made in heaven. His style of play goes against everything the Hammers believe in and his relationship with the fans has always been frosty.

So, with Sam refusing to apologise for his actions and the fans turning against him, who would you like to see replace him in the hot seat?

Malky McKay

One of the best young managers in the country, Malky was unlucky to lose his job at Cardiff after falling out with the owner, Vincent Tan. Mckay guided the Bluebirds to the Promised Land after many false dawns and will go down as arguably the greatest manager Cardiff have ever had. However, that wasn't enough for Tan.

The Scot had a brief spell at Upton Park as a player so he knows the history and tradition of the club and what the fans expect. He sets his teams up to play good football, stay solid at the back and try to entertain. Three things the Hammers are not getting at the moment.

Slaven Bilic

Another former Hammer, Bilic has long been linked with the West Ham manager's job. Bilic did great things when in charge of Crotia, but only lasted a season at Lokomotiv Moscow having guided them to their worst finish in 20 years. Currently at Besiktas, Bilic finds himself in fourth place, 11 points behind the leaders, having won only three of their past 10 games. Would he really be that smart an appointment given the Hammers' perilous position?

Harry Redknapp

The former West Ham chief has been linked with a return, but not everyone is convinced that he would be the right man for the job. He failed to save QPR last season and is currently fighting to claim an automatic promotion spot in the Championship. His ability to extract every inch of skill and effort out of players is second to none, but his willingness to talk to every media outlet has upset some. He is the bookies' favourites and would appeal to the owners, but would the fans be happy with Harry back?

Billy Davies

The Forest manager humiliated the Hammers last weekend at the City Ground and in a bizarre twist has now been talked about as a possible West Ham boss. It's a strange one as Davies' last spell in the Premier League with Derby ended with him being sacked and the club relegated. The Scot is doing well at Forest and looks like they could sneak an automatic promotion place, but Davies is not the easiest person in the world to deal with. Gold and Sullivan would have their hands full with Davies in charge, but he gets results.

Calling all West Ham fans. Who would you like to see in the hot seat? Whatever your views we'd love to hear from you.

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