West Ham: Preparations begin after Allardyce survives P45 derby

By Rob Virtue on May 6, 2014 10:28 AM |

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In what was dubbed the 'P45 derby', Sam Allardyce looks as though he's safe as manager of West Ham for another season, as the Hammers overcame a sorry 10 men Tottenham Hotspur side 2-0 at Upton Park on Saturday.

The East Londoners claimed a remarkable third win of the season over their bitter rivals.

Gaffer, Sam Allardyce said this victory was for the supporters.

"It's brilliant for the fans," he said. "I remember our first victory a long time ago which was 3-0 at their place, and then in the Capital One cup, I thought it would be wonderful if we could do the treble.

"Its good particularly under the circumstances that we haven't won for four games, and to do them over for the third time on the last home game and do it with an excellent performance by the players was a fantastic day for us.

"We wanted to send the fans home happy, and they were brilliant from start to finish when the team was playing well and they deserved the victory in the end. If it wasn't for Lloris it would have been more."

Allardyce has come under pressure in recent weeks for poor results and performances. And he said he understood the supporters' frustrations.

"They're entitled to their disapproval, I've always said it," said the manager. "They do get behind you when you've got something going for you. They didn't stop singing all through the game today, the players enjoyed being here and we couldn't of asked anything more from today."

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With the Boleyn Ground outfit confirmed for another Barclays Premier League campaign next season, Allardyce also said that preparations can get underway for West Ham's third season in the top flight since winning promotion in 2012.

"Some preparations are in place without being secured, particularly with pre-season and players contracts that will be discussed between myself and the owners as quickly as possible," he said.

"We'll talk to the players and then of course it's recruitment time and see what and how we can make this squad better in key areas which is the ultimate goal for me through the summer months."

"I'm always busy through the transfer window, so there will be players coming in. It's probably the only time I quite like social media, e-mails and Skype because it means you don't have to do it in your office like the old days, and you can do it while your sat in the sun and communicating between everybody.

"When I'm needed I could come back in the club and meet whoever I need to meet and hopefully finalise as many deals as we can. I say that every year but we'll still be waiting for players at the end of August, there's no doubt about that. As long as we get them in the end and there the right quality then that'll be fine."

With the Hammers now mathematically safe from relegation, Sam Allardyce's men go into the last game of the season away at Manchester City at the weekend hoping they can scupper their chances of winning the Barclays Premier League title for a second time.

By Jack Pinnock