It is a commonly known fact that there is little love lost between Sam Allardyce and the West Ham faithful.
Despite returning the East London club to the Premier League in 2012 and - to the casual observer’s eyes - doing a pretty decent job of keeping them there, Hammers fans are hugely discontent with the team's style of play.
The importance of staying in the Premier League has been laid bare by information released today regarding TV payments to club’s in the top-flight.
Cardiff, who finished bottom this season, received £62.08million – a startling figure made all the more shocking by the fact that Manchester United received £60.8m for winning the 2012/13 title.
However, West Ham fans are proud of a heritage that sees them labelled as one of English football’s most entertaining teams – to the fans, it is almost as important to play the right way as it is to eke out results.
Therefore, as the 2013/14 season progressed, discontent in the stands grew and with fans unveiling a banner saying "Fat Sam Out - Killing WHU" during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion in late April.
However, fans have taken their protests a step further with a similar banner being hung outside the house of owner David Sullivan, as seen below:
— Football Away Days (@awaydays_) May 14, 2014
Hammers fans should take note that, after being subject to similar criticisms by the Blackburn board, their decision to sack 'Big Sam' saw Rovers slide from a mid-table Premier League side to a mid-table Championship side.
Bolton and Newcastle were also relegated not long after Allardyce had established them as comfortable top-flight teams.
What do you think? Are West Ham fans treating their manager harshly or do they have a right to protest against the style of play their side is playing? Let us know in the comments section below.
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