West Ham fans, just like Newcastle supporters before them, eventually found out what Sam Allardyce was really all about.

Early days for our Sunderland friends but there are already signs that many of them are accepting what reality is when he is in charge.

Like most of the other British managers (Pardew, Bruce etc) who think they have been hard done by when it comes to opportunities at ‘big’ clubs, Sam Allardyce has serious limitations and a ready list of excuses prepared for if (when!!!) it goes wrong.

Before heading off to face his former ‘fans’ at Upton Park, Allardyce was asked about how he thought the survival battle was going on Wearside since his arrival in October.

The Sunderland boss said that two things were holding him back, or as he put it ‘There are two things that restrict me now…’.

You are wasting your time if you are guessing he will be honest and say what restricts him is his boring negative mindset and arrogance.

Instead, Sam Allardyce declares that the mackems would be ‘a lot safer now’ if he had been able to buy players whenever he wanted and not have to wait until January.

Whilst his second problem was the amount of money he was then able to spend, with FFP (Financial Fair Play) limiting the total spend due to the cash that had been wasted previously.

Despite this, Sam Allardyce (pictured above and below) was backed with five new signings, including significant transfer fees for Khazri and Kone.

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Sam Allardyce talking before Sunderland’s match at West Ham today:

“Slowly (making progress), a lot slower than I wanted, we have got better and better but the sad thing for me is being restricted as a manager.

“There are two things that restrict me now one is financial fair play and the other is that window.

“It should be open trading like it used to be and we could be a lot safer now if I’d got those players in October, rather than January.

“Now it still might be too late…I hope not.”

As for Steve McClaren…I think Newcastle fans have had more than their fill of his excuses this season.

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