Allardyce insists uncertainty over future has NOT affected West Ham squad

first_img West Ham manager Sam Allardyce 1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists the uncertainty surrounding his future has not affected morale within his squad.Allardyce is expected to be sacked at the end of the season with former Hammers defender Slaven Bilic being tipped to replace him.Speaking ahead of what could be his final home game in charge against Everton on Saturday, Allardyce confirmed he has not been in contact with the club’s owners about his future.“There’s no manager news,” he said. “[The talks] were always going to be at the end of the season and they still will happen at the end of the season.“It hasn’t affected the players. Nearly two years ago, when we finished 10th in the Premier League, I signed a contract on May 29. It was a good two weeks after the season finished.“It falls into the same lines this season. We will sit down and negotiate and then the outcome will be made clear to everybody when those negotiations are finished.”last_img read more

Imperfect Pulisic, Emery’s no genius at Arsenal, plus Leicester on for top four?

first_img Sterling scored as City beat Aston Villa at the Etihad 11 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Villa need to find out who needs their palms greased with silver to get a VAR decision go in their favour.Once again they were on the wrong side of a clear-and-obvious error as Raheem Sterling was offside for City’s second. Of course, Villa wouldn’t have won but they would have felt good about something finally going their way.So, were Man United a little bit better or are Norwich absolutely woeful?United should have been 4-0 up by half-time but even without Paul Pogba on the pitch they love to miss a Premier League penalty, Tim Krul denying both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial from the spot. The two strikers got over it sufficiently to find other ways on to the scoresheet and United have leapt up to the David Moyes-esque dizzy heights of 7th in the table.Spurs are in the bottom half, but it’s much more cool to talk of United in crisis still, isn’t it? Up until a minute before kick-off at Anfield, you had to wonder whether Mauricio Pochettino actually wanted Spurs to lose given the team he’d picked to start the game. 90 seconds later, all that kind of talk was banished as Harry Kane found it easier to score before Virgil van Dijk put him in his pocket than after.There probably hasn’t been such a fine Gazza performance in a Spurs shirt since Gascoigne in the 1991 FA Cup Semi Final, but Tottenham’s back-up keeper Gazzaniga was in inspired form to keep Spurs ahead for so long. But only for so long because, do not forget, Poch’s lot don’t do winning away from home in the Premier League anymore.Captain Hendo levelled it up before Serge Aurier went peak Serge Aurier into the back of Sadio Mane’s heel, giving Mohamed Salah the chance to win it from the spot. If you are a fan of stats telling us some of the story, you cannot deny Liverpool deserved all three. Having suggested on Friday that all James Ward-Prowse does is hang around waiting for a free-kick in a dangerous area, it was quite nice to see James Maddison put in a shift and curl in a beauty. Top four for the Foxes? Probably not. Top six? You can put your house on it. Southampton to go down? It’s hard to think otherwise right now. Serge Aurier gave away a late penalty at Liverpool AFP or licensors stalemate 11 Getty Images – Getty Marco Silva is under pressure at Goodison Park after a slow start to the season Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Hey, Jordan Pickford – if you line up a defensive wall with a gap so you can see what is going on, I think the idea is you stop the ball if they wallop it through that gap, no? I know Pickford can, allegedly, pass the ball out from the back quite nicely but is he the most overrated English goalkeeper since, well, Joe Hart?Talking of vastly overrated and also paid by Everton, Michael Keane has had better months.We can argue all day whether VAR were right to overrule and give that ankle tread as a penalty – but Keane is probably wise to look three times before crossing the road right now, such is his luck. Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez had a lot of fun against Southampton Getty Images – Getty Anthony Martial made up for his penalty miss by scoring United’s final goal Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were thrashed by Leicester 9-0 on Friday night Frank Lampard’s Chelsea had been warned by Frank Lampard that it would not be acceptable to relax after their win in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. Whether Frank was talking more generally or actually warning his players against the perils of a relaxing night in Amsterdam is not clear, but they certainly did the business in Burnley on Saturday night.Many thought that a trip to Turf Moor would tell us even more about Lamps’ yoof and it certainly did – they need to be taken very seriously indeed this season.Pope was trumped by a Christian as Pulisic grabbed his long-awaited chance with both hands scoring what some people are claiming to be the perfect hat-trick.Now, I do not want to overwater Pulisic’s front garden, but can it really be a ‘perfect’ hat-trick if one of them deflected in? Surely the point of perfection is exactly that – it has to be perfect. 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By Leicester, I mean – obviously not by Southampton.Leicester’s resounding 9-0 hammering of the Saints has led to some Southampton fans musing that Ralph Hasenhuttl ‘is the worst Austrian ever’ – now, I am not sure I can get on board with that, but the Alpine Klopp is certainly having a tough old time at St Mary’s. Can Brendan Rodgers get his Leicester City side into the Champions League? latest 11 11 update getty images – getty Getty Images – Getty 11 It was a ‘perfect’ hat-trick for Pulisic What about Lucas Digne, who some Evertonians like to suggest is the best left-back on Merseyside? He’s certainly clinical from five yards, that’s for sure.The clock said 90+4 when Everton managed to self-combust and throw away another lead under Marco Silva at Brighton who, in the main, thoroughly deserved another win under Graham Potter.How much longer will the Everton board put up with Silva, and could Bill Kenwright put that £1m he has prepared to give Bury to better use, like paying the Portuguese manager to call it a day? 11 rookie error 11 Burnley’s VAR decisions have now balanced themselves out after Callum Hudson-Odoi’s terrible attempt at conning a penalty was overturned by the video officials – sadly for Burnley, they’ve seen it balance out when they were already 4-0 down, so it was a bit of a waste, really.The same goes for Jay Rodriguez’s thunderstrike – 4-0 down, mate. What’s the point?Manchester City leapt above Leicester into second-place once more, following a second-half only win over Aston Villa.Are you seriously telling me that Dave Bassett hasn’t had an influence on the English game when you watch back City’s first? Graham Taylor would have also had a small smile on his face from above having seen the directness in that one. PEP TALK 11 appointed LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 11 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future 11 Sean Longstaff’s challenge left Ruben Neves in a heap Granit Xhaka stormed off down the tunnel after being substituted against Crystal Palace 11 Manuel Pellegrini might have been misquoted when he claimed that Sheffield United ‘just played direct’ but he certainly wasn’t misquoted when he claimed West Ham should have won the match against Chris Wilder’s team – and he was wrong on both counts.Put it this way, if even Paul Merson knows that Wilder’s side pass the ball then Pellegrini might want to have a word with his scouts.The game finished 1-1, United remaining unbeaten away from home and Lys Mousset looking like he may well be one of the shrewder signings this season. Still, at least all that Carlos Tevez stuff is in the past. on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford stand by Aaron Connolly ahead of Brighton’s penalty award Has a situation ever gone from bad-to-worse quicker than how things escalated in this one? In the 12 minutes between the score being 0-0 and 0-3, Southampton completely fell apart with Ryan Bertrand being sent off and their players feeling the need to assist Leicester City scorers.I mean, credit to many of the Southampton fans to be honest – 3-0 down in the torrential rain, ten men on the pitch and you’ve touched the ball about five times.I’d have been tempted to call it a night and see if I could get home in time for EastEnders. Those that did nick off early should have hung around as they’d have seen more than their money’s worth of goals.Hasenhuttl fronted up to the cameras and took ‘full responsibility’ for the ‘atrocity seen on the pitch – but how can he, really?Yes, he picks the team and the shape but is it his fault that Ryan Bertrand took leave of his senses and Yan Valery seemed to think Southampton were playing in Blue? After he has said, ‘and lads, don’t forget to defend’ and they clearly forget, what else can he actually do? Getty Images – Getty Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son targets Bournemouth seem to have stopped scoring goals and it probably wouldn’t have been a major worry if they’d been playing anyone other than Watford. Up on Tyneside, people far more sensible than I were questioning the decision to give goalkeeper Martin Dubravka a six-year contract last week.With Newcastle by no means certain to be in the same division next season, let alone with the same manager (or even the next one) it seemed a bit of an oddity to start looking that far into the future. Especially now, after he cost Steve Bruce three points against Wolves, going all flappity-flap deep into the second half and allowing Jonny to equalise.Sean Longstaff is starting to feel the pressure of his brother being more popular than he is, getting a red card to make the last ten minutes more defensive than usual for Newcastle. To be fair to Arsenal’s centre-backs, they may not be the finest at defending but when it comes to putting the Gunners 2-0 up against Palace within ten minutes they are world class.The problem is, Arsenal only really seem to be good for ten minutes at a time this season (or anytime in the last four or five) and Palace found themselves back in it – courtesy of VAR deciding (rightly) that Wilfried Zaha isn’t a naughty little diver and was in fact fouled by Calum Chambers. Yellow cards reversed and everything.Not being so fair to Arsenal’s centre-backs, we always suspected Palace would find a way of getting level because of Arsenal’s centre-backs. We also suspect that Granit Xhaka hasn’t increased his popularity at the Emirates, given his reaction to the sound of booing as he was subbed.Emery’s two biggest decisions as manager of the Arsenal are to back Xhaka with the armband and to refuse to believe that Mesut Ozil even exists – neither are making him look like a genius right now. 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