It was swift, it was cold, and at the time it seemed as though West Ham United had unceremoniously dumped their manager, Sam Allardyce.
And yet, when Allardyce trudged back to the TV area at St James’s Park after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle, he didn’t at all come across as the party on the short end of the decision.
His interviewer adopted that bleak, funeral-esque tone as he told Allardyce that the club had announced they wouldn’t renew his contract almost as soon as the final game of the season had concluded.
“I know,” Sam swiftly replied. “Why are you telling me that?”
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