Hammers’ choice between Allardyce and Morrison is simple

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There is growing disquiet at Upton Park as West Ham fans become increasingly frustrated with manager Sam Allardyce, his style of play and the results he’s delivering.

In a recent poll on various Hammers fanzines and blogs, fans voted in their droves to suggest the former Bolton man should be handed his P45 at the end of the current campaign.

2013/14 has been a bumpy season for the man known as “Big Sam”. He was booed ferociously during a 2-1 WIN over Hull, endured a dismal winter period that saw his side go winless in seven straight league games and even sat in the bottom three some 12 games ago.

Reports suggest that a negative result against Tottenham next time out, which the White Hart Lane club are 10/11 to inflict, will see Allardyce out the door for good.

Should he claim a third straight win over the men from north London, at 3/1, then another season of long-balls looks on the cards for the Irons.

If that happens then the West Ham faithful may as well commit the sight of Ravel Morrison to memory, as the shipped-out midfielder supposedly refuses to return to the club while Allardyce is in charge.

While the former Manchester United youth is an undoubted talent, his sporadic showings of genius both at West Ham, then on loan at QPR, mean the West Ham board should have no trouble keeping Allardyce and moving the midfielder on.

There are few managers available who could provide the kind of Premier League stability Allardyce ensures, while Morrison’s showings this season mean an attractive bid – either from cash-happy QPR or other suitors – wouldn’t be too far away should he become available.

One player certainly doesn’t make a side while, with the saga at United an obvious example, consistency in the dugout can lead to greater results.

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Matt Wiggins

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