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West Ham United Soccer Starz Sam Allardyce

West Ham United Soccer Starz Sam Allardyce


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Sam Allardyce was appointed as manager of West Ham United. As a footballer he made over 400 appearances and played for Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland, Millwall, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion and Limerick. Moving into management he took charge of Limerick, Blackpool and Notts County before managing Bolton Wanderers from 1999 to 2007. Commonly known as Big Sam, he led Bolton to a League Cup final as well as guiding them to UEFA Cup qualification for the first time in their history. Following a spell at Newcastle United from 2007 to 2008, Allardyce managed Blackburn Rovers from 2008 until 13 December 2010.

Allardyce was born in 1954 in Dudley, Worcestershire and was a boyhood Wolves fan regularly attending Molineux to watch them play. He joined Bolton Wanderers as a centre-half in 1973 and is best remembered as a player for being part of the side which won the Second Division title in 1977–78 to secure promotion to the First Division.
Allardyce was signed by Ken Knighton to play for Sunderland for whom he played 25 times during the 1980–81 season. He also played for Huddersfield Town, Coventry City, Millwall and Preston North End, whom he captained to promotion from the Fourth Division in 1986–87.
He played in the United States in the North American Soccer League for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The football team shared facilities with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Allardyce applied many practices of American football (gridiron) towards soccer (with regards to training, player management and tactics). These innovative ideas helped him progress in football management.

Allardyce was appointed as manager of recently relegated West Ham United on 1 June 2011 signing a two-year contract. Allardyce vowed to play attractive football to get West Ham back to the Premier League, according to the traditions of the club, rejecting the allegations that he played dull, long-ball football at previous clubs.
He signed Abdoulaye Faye, Kevin Nolan, Joey O'Brien and Matt Taylor. Faye, Nolan and O'Brien had all played under Allardyce at his former club Bolton Wanderers while Taylor was a Bolton player who had joined after Allardyce left the club. His first game in charge, on 7 August 2011 was a loss by a late goal to Cardiff City. He made striker John Carew West Ham's fifth signing of the season, on a free transfer, followed by defender George McCartney from Sunderland on a season-long loan, strikers Sam Baldock from MK Dons and midfielder Papa Bouba Diop on a free transfer. He concluded his summer business with late swoops on deadline day for midfielders David Bentley from Tottenham Hotspur and Henri Lansbury from Arsenal both on season-long loans and utility man Guy Demel from Hamburg for an undisclosed fee making him Allardyce's 12th purchase of the 2011 summer transfer window. Nicky Maynard, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison followed in the 2011 winter transfer window. In March 2012, despite standing in third place in the league Allardyce's style of football was again questioned as at his previous club Newcastle United. Fans called for more passing of the ball and football played on the pitch and not in the air. In May 2012 West Ham were promoted back to the Premier League after only one season in The Championship after winning the 2012 Football League Championship play-off Final. Allardyce described this promotion as his best ever achievement.
A busy transfer window for the summer of 2012 saw Sam Allardyce bring in eleven players for West Ham, including Jussi Jääskeläinen, Mohamed Diamé, Modibo Maïga, James Collins, Alou Diarra, Matt Jarvis, Andy Carroll and Yossi Benayoun. Allardyce's first Premier League game in charge of West Ham came on 18 August 2012, a 1–0 victory over Aston Villa. Allardyce renewed his contract at West Ham on 11 May 2013 by signing a new two year deal, scheduled to run until the end of the 2014-15 season. This renewal came as West Ham sat in 10th place in the Premier League where they finished at the end of the season.

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