Former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has questioned whether the current side is capable of qualifying for Europe.
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The east London team’s previous gaffer – who made way for Slaven Bilic in the summer – spent four seasons at Upton Park.
And despite parting amicably with the club he is not without criticism.
In an interview with beIN Sports, reported in The Mirror, the 60-year-old said: “The West Ham Way is obviously not winning every week, like I tried to do.
“I did everything they asked for and they wanted more and I found that extremely ungrateful in terms of what I’d done for them.”
He added he “didn’t take kindly” to the treatment and lack of appreciation.
He said qualifying for Europe and a cup final “wasn’t in the format of the job description” on his arrival.
This year, the Hammers did play football on foreign turf but only after winning a place in qualifiers for the Europa League through the Fair Play Table.
As for their chances this season he said: “If West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have told Slaven Bilic they expect to get into Europe this year, then I think it’s way beyond the capabilities of the squad at this moment in time.
“I told them that. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why they didn’t renew my contract in the end?”