Early Doors

Twitter gaffe teaches West Ham co-owner a lesson

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Sam Allardyce’s West Ham future was reported to be in fresh doubt after a Twitter gaffe committed by co-owner David Gold.

According to Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph, Allardyce was said to be “surprised and shocked” after learning that Gold, who is a prolific user of Twitter, favourited an offensive tweet about him.

BFS stands for Big Fat Sam and Gold favouriting the tweet was being interpreted in some quarters as an endorsement of the sentiment.

Gold unfavourited the tweet on Tuesday morning but you can see it in our screenshot below.

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According to the Telegraph: "Allardyce has been made aware of it and a source close to the West Ham manager admitted that it had left him stunned. It only serves to increase the pressure further on Allardyce, 59."

However, Gold later made clear via his own Twitter account that it was a harmless mistake.

West Ham's manager and co-owners have also clashed over the future of Ravel Morrison this summer, having already been forced into an uneasy alliance when Allardyce was told he must bring in a more positive style of football for the coming season.

Allardyce - though renowned for his willingness to embrace technology such as ProZone in his early years as a Premier League coach - is certainly no fan of Twitter.

In February 2013 he said: "I don't tweet - I don't Twitter. I don't do any of that c***. I just stick to talking to my staff and emails and texting and that is as far as I go.

"I think that social media is for everybody else, it's not for me. I don't look it, I don't read it, wherever it comes from. So it doesn't upset me, it doesn't please me. I don't get excited by it and because I don't read it I don't know what happens on it.

"Other people tell me of course. So the chairman likes to communicate with his fans and there is nothing wrong with that. I'd like to see the ones that he blocks off though, that abuse him, or abuse me, or abuse us all, which happens, and that's why I don't like it.

"However good it is, it's probably only 20% good and 80% not so good, in my opinion."

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