Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If We'd Started the Season with a Bad Run like This, There's No Doubt I'd Have Been Sacked

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If We'd Started the Season with a Bad Run like This, There's No Doubt I'd Have Been Sacked

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Byline: FRIDAY 10 APRIL 2015 evening standard Sam Allardyce

ALMOST every day brings a new candidate for my job. David Moyes, Rafa Benitez, Marcelo Bielsa, Steve McClaren, Slaven Bilic, Eddie Howe, Gus Poyet all have been mentioned at some time or other in the last few weeks and I am sure there will be a few more before the final whistle sounds on the season.

As far as I am aware it remains just speculation nothing more. Does it affect me? I can't let it. Does it worry me? Not especially because it is out of my control. All I can do is continue to do my job to the best of my ability and then what will be, will be.

Of course the players and even more importantly the staff will be seeing and hearing the speculation and they will be wondering what the situation is. It's a position I've been in before at West Ham so it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

There is no doubt, though, that our poor run of results has fuelled the fire and increased all the speculation.

Let's be honest here if we had started the season with a similar bad run, I wouldn't be here now I would have been sacked. That's fact.

We didn't, though. We might have begun a little slowly but when we hit our stride, we were magnificent.

Even now and with the defeat at Leicester still hurting the performances are good but we haven't been able to sustain that early level.

There's two reasons for that. Firstly, injuries in groups, especially up front and at the heart of our defence, and, secondly, some players finding life difficult through Christmas and New Year because of fatigue. Injuries to all our strikers at various times have robbed us of the free-scoring ability we had in the first half of the season. Diafra Sakho, Enner Velencia and Andy Carroll all had periods out and that can be crucial.

We've not just had injury problems with the strikers but also James Tomkins and Winston Reid sidelined as well. When Liverpool are without Martin Skrtel and Daniel Sturridge, they don't look the same team. That's fact.

Despite all that, our performances have been really good and that, from the first day I arrived, is what some people tell me is so important to them. …

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