Sam Allardyce says he will be judged on his ability to get West Ham back in the Premier League rather than the style of football he asks his new side to play.
The Hammers have a history of playing a short passing game whereas teams managed by Allardyce are associated with a more direct style.
Allardyce has refuted this generalisation, pointing out that it has been a long time since West Ham have been in a position to weave intricate patterns across the pitch.
He also launched a staunch defence of his own methods, claiming that fans of the clubs he has managed have never voiced concern about how their teams were playing.
Crucially, Allardyce believes supporters are more likely to be influenced by results than performances and he has pledged to endear himself to the Upton Park faithful by delivering promotion.
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“Everywhere I’ve been I entertain the public, irrespective of the perception from the media that Sam Allardyce plays long ball,” Allardyce said.
“I know I have a vast array of skills and I’ve been employed by West Ham to use that. Hopefully at the end of the year we’ll all be blowing bubbles.”
Allardyce believes the signing of Kevin Nolan will be a significant boost to West Ham’s title chances as the former Newcastle player will add some much-needed bite to the midfield.
Meanwhile, Allardyce has suggested that star players Scott Parker, Carlton Cole and Robert Green could yet have futures at the club despite being linked with moves elsewhere.
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