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Allardyce reveals West Ham owners knew of much-changed FA Cup selection

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By Andrew Tuft

Monday 06 January 2014

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has revealed the club’s owners knew he intended to name a much-changed side for the FA Cup trip to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, BBC Sport has reported. The Hammers were eliminated from the competition by Forest, going down to a 5-0 defeat.

Sam Allardyce

Allardyce made nine changes from the side that lost to Fulham in their last Premier League outing, handing debuts to three players in an inexperienced selection and a further two who entered the game as substitutes. A Jamie Paterson hat-trick, a Djamel Abdoun penalty and a final goal from Andy Reid put Billy Davies’ side into the next round, with Allardyce claiming he had little option but to pick the side he did.

My hands are tied behind my back every time I see what's available and the team is almost picking itself,” Allardyce said, pointing to the side’s injury problems. “It's a disaster at the moment, a total disaster and in certain areas we've not been able to cope.

Allardyce however insisted there would be no problem with the board due to the result, as they were informed of his intentions beforehand. “I made (David Gold and David Sullivan) aware of what would happen,” the former Blackburn Rovers boss said.

I'm not in the position to go and do these things without telling everybody internally what is planned for the next few games,” Allardyce added.

West Ham are currently in the Premier League’s bottom three, sitting 19th, three points off safety and a point ahead of bottom side Sunderland. They next play Manchester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final before resuming the league programme away at Cardiff City.

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