Sullivan praises West Ham boss Allardyce

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has praised the way manager Sam Allardyce has implemented a new attacking style of football to the London club, the Independent has reported.

Since the 59-year-old was appointed in 2011, he has been criticised by some sections of the supporters for his playing style, which they believed did not follow the club’s tradition of passing and taking the game to the opposition.

There was pressure on Allardyce at the end of last season and he was advised by the owners to start playing more expansively. Since the new tactics have been introduced, the Hammers have been impressive, winning three of their seven Premier League matches so far this season, with a new-look attacking duo of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia both among the goals.

And Sullivan, who revealed there was no rush to hand Allardyce a contract extension, believes that the manager deserves credit for the team’s recent performances. He said: “There is a lot of optimism about the place now. I believe we have the best squad since we’ve been at the club. We’ve signed some high-energy, younger players and have discovered the ‘West Ham way’.

“He [Allardyce] changed the style after that to a diamond formation. Sam made that decision so he deserves the accolades because, had it not worked, he would have been castigated.”

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