Sam Allardyce has revealed what it was like to deal with David Sullivan and co. during his time at West Ham in regards to transfers.
The former Hammers manager appeared on Talk Sport via The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, and to the surprise of no West Ham supporter, emphasized how much hard work dealing with the former pornographer really is.
Talking to Brazil, he said:
“David will have his own mind on his own players. I always found dealing with David when I was there was the order of the day.”
“You get the odd present from David now and again where he fancies it so he brings him [a new player] anyway, but you have to live with that.”
As Brazil continued to question him on his ex-boss, asking how Sullivan went about bringing in his own players, Allardyce replied:
“He just turned up. He said ‘Here’s one, I fancied this one.’”
“It’s always a centre-forward normally who scores goals, which is fine because if you can come and score goals, this will be amazing.”
Brazil questioned Big Sam one more time, asking him what happened if he didn’t play Sullivan’s designated signing, to which he joked:
“You get the can for that. Your coaching technique is not bringing the best out of him.”
The conversation ended with Brazil asking the 65-year-old if he can name any names, but to everyone’s disappointment, he politely refused.
As criticism of the West Ham board increases as they continue to underfund the playing squad at such a critical stage of the season, these remarks by the man who worked directly under them from 2011 to 2015 paint a picture that Sullivan hasn’t, in fact, changed his ways at all in the past five years, and if anything has likely regressed even further far as Premier League chairmen go.
He and his colleagues need to start making some smart decisions immediate, financial and otherwise if they don’t want to be seen as the laughing stock of English football as West Ham United face potential relegation to the Championship.