Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hammers Players Must Save Allardyce - Cottee

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hammers Players Must Save Allardyce - Cottee

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TONY Cottee has urged West Ham's players to save Sam Allardyce from the sack - starting with their Capital One semi-final clash with City.

The unhappy Hammers are in the midst of a crisis and calls for the former Bolton boss' head grew louder after a soul-destroying 5- 0 FA Cup humbling at the hands of Championship side Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Cottee, a West Ham legend, reckons Big Sam retains the backing of his charges but has called on them to do their talking on the pitch.

"I go down the training ground as often as I can and what I can say is that there's a good team spirit there, a good camaraderie," he told M.E.N. Sport.

issues at the club but if you listen to the players they are fully behind Big Sam and they want it to work for him. It's alright saying that but you've got to go out and prove it."

The City Ground thumping, broadcast to the nation on television, led to a furious backlash from sections of the Hammers support and Cottee reckons another pasting could push Allardyce to the brink. …

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