Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up
NBCSports Header Logo

Sam Allardyce predicts Slaven Bilic will face his problems at West Ham


during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at Boleyn Ground on May 16, 2015 in London, England.

Matthew Lewis

Despite a roaring start to the season for West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, his predecessor isn’t so bullish on the Hammers’ prospects.

West Ham sits in second place with 12 points through six matches after downing Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City all on the road. But despite widespread praises for new manager Bilic, Allardyce is sitting back waiting for their fortunes to turn, and with it the supporters.

“There were difficulties and differences of opinion with the fans, but like every manager at West Ham, they have difficulty with the fans at some stage,” Allardyce told the Daily Mirror. He likened it to his own tumultuous time in charge at Upton Park.

“You know that before you take the job. It’s not a Sam Allardyce thing with West Ham fans. But because you are the manager, people make it a Sam Allardyce thing. But you don’t take the job if you don’t know that’s going to happen.”

Finally, Big Sam commented on his own managerial prospects, asked whether he will return to coaching anytime soon.

“The hunger to work again will kick in at some point, but I can’t determine when that will be,” Allardyce said. “That’s why I am not saying when I am coming back. It might never happen. I hope it does because for me it’s an obsession and an addiction and sometimes you feel an awkwardness not being involved and managing the madness day after day.”

Follow @the_bonnfire