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Dec 17, 2013

Allardyce 'surprised' by AVB sacking

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he did not see Tottenham’s decision to sack Andre Villas-Boas coming, but he does not believe the rising number of Premier League dismissals puts additional pressure on his own position at Upton Park. 

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Allardyce has come under fire from some Hammers supporters as his side has slipped towards the relegation zone, lying just a point clear of the bottom three.

However, the former Bolton boss remains in bullish mood ahead of his side’s Capital One Cup quarterfinal against Spurs on Wednesday.

“The removal of managers at this level is probably the highest it has been in the entirety of the Premier League ,” Allardyce said.

“For Tottenham, it is probably more about budgeting for Champions League football and what that brings on top of what they have spent. They [Tottenham] had a very, very poor result against Liverpool and that ultimately resulted in them removing Andre Villas-Boas, which was a surprise to me.

“The money is so big that the fear of losing that status of being in the Premier League and losing that revenue is so big now that it causes lots of thinking by owners of football clubs to try and make sure they continue with that type of revenue.”

West Ham’s 3-0 win at White Hart Lane in October proved to be the beginning of the end for Villas-Boas at Tottenham, yet Allardyce is not expecting the departure of the Portuguese to help his side’s cause as they look to secure a semifinal spot in the Capital One Cup.

“Whatever the situation is at Spurs, from our point of view they have got an excellent squad,” he said. “So whatever team they turn out against us on Wednesday night is always going to be an exceptionally difficult game for us.

“This is a less pressured game than has fallen upon us recently in the Premier League, so we have got to go out and give it all we have got.

“I have enough of my own problems with injuries and suspensions with games coming up rapidly to have too much concern about Tottenham other than what team I am going to play, how we are going to play and what we can do to combat them and get through to the semifinals.

“It is a one-off tie, so could be the end of your cup competition or you go to the exciting semifinals in the New Year. Hopefully our players will come out and give their all.”

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