It’s now been reported by the Mirror that the West Ham players have not trained all week in the lead up to the relegation decider for Newcastle.
Instead, they say the Hammers are scheduled to train today (Friday) after being given the last week of the season off.
The Mirror report that ahead of his expected impending departure from the manager’s job immediately after Sunday’s game, Sam Allardyce has been using the week off to clear out his apartment at Canary Wharf.
Fat Sam’s contract has come to an end and while early season form pointed to an automatic renewal, the second half of the campaign has been almost as bad as Newcastle’s.
West Ham have won just two of their last sixteen matches but could still move up a place to 11th or down one to 13th, with league placings being worth around £1.2m each, the last day could decide a difference of up to £2.4m for the owners of the East London club.
Ahead of his departure, Allardyce’s backroom staff have been reported to be active in the jobs market.
This week coach Teddy Sheringham was named as the new manager at Stevenage and Allardyce’s number two and former Newcastle player, Neil McDonald, has had talks with Blackpool. First team coach Ian Hendon meanwhile, is one of the favourites for the Leyton Orient post.
However, Sean Whetstone from the ClaretandHugh independent West Ham website says that The Mirror’s claims are rubbish.
According to Sean, the West Ham players were given Monday and Tuesday off, but they then returned to training on Wednesday (which is usually their day off) and then trained again on Thursday. However, according to the Hammers independet website, Sam Allardyce did miss Wednesday’s training session unlike his players, allegedly clearing his soon to be vacated flat.