Allardyce gives "deluded" West Ham fans another dose
Published 22:31 29/03/12 By Neil McLeman
Sam Allardyce has told fans to enjoy his West Ham way - a winning team still in the running for automatic promotion.
And the Irons boss dismissed calls for a return to what is viewed as the golden age of the West Ham academy as "rubbish".
Victory over second-placed Reading in a massive game at Upton Park on Saturday will lift the Hammers back into the Championship's top two with only six games remaining.
But Allardyce was forced to respond to large sections of the travelling support chanting "West Ham United, we play on the floor" during the midweek win at Peterborough.
Now, before the club's biggest game of the season, the Irons manager called for fans to back his side's bid for an immediate return to the Premier League.
"Come and enjoy yourself - that is what it is all about," Big Sam said. "If you don't want to come and enjoy yourself, I am not sure why you want to come at all, really.
"We are in a winning environment. This club has not been in a winning environment for donkey's years. Last time they got up [to the Premier League] by scraping up in sixth spot by the playoffs.
"I can understand if you are losing and at the bottom of the league and not playing well. I can't understand it if you are playing the opposition off the park.
"That is something I have never experienced before. This is a first for me.
""I am a little bit sick of defending myself because it is something I shouldn't have to do."
West Ham are on a run of 11 matches unbeaten, but have been booed at Upton Park after five consecutive home draws.
Allardyce, who is is sensitive to criticism of his sides' playing style at Hammers and previous clubs, said: "There has never been a West Ham way shown to me, not by anyone that who has worked at the club, so it is a bit of a delusion.
"It is rubbish, isn't it? There isn't a West Ham way, apart from winning.
"When was the last time that happened? It didn't happen with Curbs (Alan Curbishley). It didn't happen with Avram (Grant). It didn't happen with Alan Pardew. When did it happen last? It didn't happen with Gianfranco Zola.
"So when did it happen?
"It is about winning games of football. I cannot remember people playing football the right way and losing football matches or getting relegated.
"I have seen and watched the best coaches in the world and none of them have ever said, 'You keep the ball, pass the ball more than the opposition and lose. That is the way to play.'
"If you look at the facts, bouncing back is one of the most difficult things to do in year one.
"It is not an easy task because of the catastrophic fallout that you get by being relegated. But we have lost only one game in 2012."