Sam Allardyce says West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are “ intimidating ” managers into signing the players they want – but insists they care about the club.
The former Hammers boss joined talkSPORT to respond to our exclusive interview with co-owner Sullivan on Wednesday, which was not well received by frustrated supporters.
The West Ham boss joined the White and Jordan show to talk about transfers, but it was not an overwhelmingly positive conversation as Sullivan admitted the club were struggling to make signings.
He even said ‘as each day goes by [without signing players], I’m getting more depressed ” – exactly what Hammers fans want to hear with the deadline looming, back-to-back losses to start the season and games against Wolves, Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool to come.
So far, a standing deal for lender Tomas Soucek is the only deal West Ham has made.
Sullivan also opened up about the club’s bad business in the past and his ‘regrets’ in the transfer market, admitting there were plenty of players he wished West Ham hadn’t signed. , and that he had made great efforts to bring in certain players he wanted. under David Moyes’ predecessor, Manuel Pellegrini.
And Allardyce has confirmed that’s exactly what happened to him during his tenure at Upton Park.
“I had that experience, yes,” he told talkSPORT Breakfast. [Sullivan’s] a strong man when it comes to signing the players he wants, I know that for a fact.
“Sometimes [the owners] will try to intimidate you into a player they like. But you have to stay strong and try to keep going.
“Sometimes I think his love for football is so great, David Sullivan, he spends the vast majority of his time researching footballers around the world through other sources.
“Sometimes these sources are good, sometimes they are not so good.
“But at the end of the day, it can be a conflict between you and the owner, because they want to be sure that when they spend their money, they get their money’s worth.”
Allardyce also revealed that he once arrived at practice only to find that a new player had been signed on his behalf.
But he didn’t have a problem with that and acknowledged that the owners were just doing their best to help West Ham be successful.
“It happened once, in my day, yes,” Big Sam added.
“But I didn’t have a particular problem with that, because I was hoping the player who showed up will be a good player.
“Although, if he’s not that good, that’s a bit of a problem….
“I think their passion for West Ham, Gold and Sullivan, as much as they have, you have to realize that they love West Ham.