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Sam Allardyce: I'm not worried about new West Brom boss, I'm focusing on my own side


Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is not worried about West Brom appointing a new manager before their New Year’s Day clash at Upton Park.

Alan Irvine was sacked late on Monday night and the Baggies are now searching for their fourth head coach in just over a year.

They travel to West Ham on Thursday with Rob Kelly in temporary charge amid reports a new man could be at the helm as former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis continues to be strongly linked with the post.

But Allardyce, whose side will be hoping for a second win against West Brom in a month does not feel Pulis - or any other newly-appointed boss, could make much of a difference in the short space of time before their meeting in east London.

“I don’t know how much effect you can have as a manager if you have not worked with a team,” he said.

“He could effect things by what he might say before the game but I am sure he will leave it to the lads who are in charge to certainly select the team if that is the case.

“We will wait and see. But it is all about being aware of their abilities but also being sure we are spot on on New Year’s Day and there is no hangover from the two defeats we have suffered and we hopefully get back to winning ways.

“And to do that, we have to hit the kind of form we hit against Arsenal on the 28th.”