Saturday 7 December 2019

West Ham owner removes 'Fat Sam Out' banner from outside his mansion

Matt Law

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan was forced to remove a 'Fat Sam Out' banner from the gates to his mansion after giving manager Sam Allardyce a stay of execution.

The West Ham board met at Sullivan's house on Tuesday to discuss the future of Allardyce, but opted to put a final decision off until May 23.

A group of frustrated fans who are desperate for Allardyce to be sacked took matters into their own hands by hanging an anti-Allardyce banner, which read 'Fat Sam Out' on the gates of Sullivan's mansion in Theydon Bois, Essex.

"We travelled from Hemel Hempstead on Tuesday night to put the banner up after we heard Sam wasn't going to be sacked," said West Ham season ticket holder Steven Garner, who put the banner up with two friends.

"It was a peaceful protest, we didn't mean any harm, we just wanted to get our point across.

"Sam got West Ham up and gave us some stability, but the football is terrible. I can't watch it any more. I don't expect us to win every week or play in the Champions League, but I do want to watch good football, be entertained and see the players giving it their all for the shirt.

"Hopefully, the banner will help Mr Sullivan realise that Sam has got to go."

Sullivan had the banner removed and it now remains to be seen whether the message is taken on board.

It is understood Sullivan is already worried about the disconnect between Allardyce and the West Ham fans, who have chanted against their manager at games and displayed banners in the stands.

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