Filed: Saturday, 22nd October 2011
By: Staff Writer
West Ham fans have reacted furiously to the news that Sam Allardyce is planning to sign El Hadji Diouf.
Supporters have come out in their droves to condemn Allardyce for even considering signing a player who spat at the club's supporters three times during a league match against Liverpool nine years ago.
Clearly underestimating the depth of feeling amongst the fanbase, Allardyce told whufc.com that he is looking to bring the former Senegalese international to the Boleyn Ground.
"El Hadj is one on our list," he admitted. "We are now scouring the country for what players might be available for loan or are not fixed up. El Hadj hasn't been fixed up so I have invited him for training and will have a good look at him.
"I know what he is capable of and that he can deliver. There are other options we are looking at on loan from other clubs but they are few and far between now because they have been taken by other clubs.
"It is going to be pretty difficult, but we will have a go at that. Knowing someone like Dioufy, I just have to let him get fit and see if he looks in good condition when he trains with us."
Allardyce then revealed exactly how out of touch he is with the club's fanbase by suggesting that West Ham fans would grow to appreciate Diouf's talent, should he sign him. "As most of the fans have taken to him everywhere he’s been, they’ll love him," he insisted.
“When they get a good player playing well for you, you always appreciate that – 'Dioufy' is a quality player that West Ham fans will appreciate if they see him."
However with many fans insisting that they'll have nothing to do with the club should Diouf sign - and others prepared to take rather more direct action in order to protest against his signing - Allardyce could be about to open a huge can of worms that could permanently damage both his and the board's relationship with the club's support, less than six months after he was named as the successor to Avram Grant.
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04:22PM 26th Oct 2011
''He'd be world class compared to the rest of the squad.''
by Vince Thompson
07:50AM 23rd Oct 2011
''Somehow I have had a feeling since Big Sam came to the club that he would look to sign this bloke.
We have had enough bad feeling shown towards us in the last few seasons, none of it the fans' fault. I have been a fan for 50 years but my relationship with the club will be at an end if we sign this awful human being. Surely Gold and Sullivan's principles are stronger than Allardyce's understanding of a West Ham fan's DNA?''
08:24PM 22nd Oct 2011
''Personally I believe there are other free agents still around who could contribute more during the season. Such as Alan Smith, who played well with Nolan during Newcastle's year in the Championship.''
07:47PM 22nd Oct 2011
''Congratulations to all fellow West Ham fans who have condemed Fat Sam in signing that striker.''
05:54PM 22nd Oct 2011
''No! I won't even tell people I support West Ham if he joins or go to a game while he is there.
Why do we always have too put up with this crap from our owners who really only care about getting us back up before they sell our house and start renting one. (You wouldn't do that, would you? So why is it ok for our club to do it?)''
by Phil Mead
05:06PM 22nd Oct 2011
''Sheer madness to sign such a psycho. Diouf will bring us more grief on and off the pitch. Allardyce has always been suspect, his best days were at Bolton and he's using them as a template for making the Irons fit the mould. He must be stopped or given a reality check about what's permissible (and the limit) at Upton Park. Bringing in Diouf is stepping over that line.''
03:04PM 22nd Oct 2011
''Any fan who says he wants nothing to do with the club if this happens is no real fan. I can't say I want him but we have to trust Sam knowing what the team needs. We must get promoted else we will look ridiculous in the Olympic Stadium whilst in the Championship (which I think will still happen despite recent problems).''
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