West Ham have been posed an ultimatum of sorts by their on-loan midfielder Ravel Morrison, according to The Sun.
According to the red-top periodical, Morrison has suggested he will not represent the eastenders again while Sam Allardyce is manager of the club.
Once thought of as the long-term successor to Paul Scholes when on the books of Manchester United, the youngster showed flashes of his immense potential earlier this term, such as when bagging a delightful solo effort against Tottenham in the Irons’ 3-0 White Hart Lane win.
Losing a player of such effervescent promise will be a bitter pill for bubble-blowing diehards to take after a season of often less than inspiring fare.
Morrison won’t be available to help the Irons and their manager attempt to justify odds of 3/1 about their third victory over Spurs of the campaign next time out.
Defeat in the clash could spell Allardyce’s demise come the end of the season if reports from The Mirror are to be believed.
If ‘Big Sam’ slips the noose, the prospect of losing Morrison is sure to merely concentrate the ire of the 12,392 Hammers who registered a no confidence vote in their gaffer in a recent poll conducted by 16 independent fanzines and blogs.
However, while the 21-year-old may have dazzled on occasions this term, his past record of misdemeanours means he is unlikely ever be to regarded as God’s gift to team spirit.
He may be excelling in a creative role for QPR in the Championship, but so did Adel Taraabt.
At West Ham, where Allardyce has worked diligently to paper over the cracks in a less than brilliant squad by creating a cohesive collective, his occasional caprices could be more damaging than elsewhere.
The Dudley native has never been relegated after a full season in charge across a managerial career of more than 20 years and removing him from office in order to pander to a tyro yet to truly justify the hype would smack of the kind of short-term, reactionary decision making that the club’s support have frowned upon in the past.
In all probability, removing Allardyce would only enhance the likelihood that West Ham would endure relegation next season, making it improbable a player of Morrison’s quality would hang around anyhow.