So, according to Prick Dennis in the Express, not only are West Ham fans "delusional", we are also "arrogant". And for why? Because we are demanding automatic promotion at the first time of asking apparently.
Well, typically, Dennis the Blemish has got it wrong. Allardyce, bless him, didn't call us delusional because we wanted automatic promotion, but because we wanted to play football the West Ham way. But why let the little matter of facts get in the way of an article when all you want to do is antagonise Hammers fans eh Dennis Penis?
The Express hack plugged his column inches with the following nonsense:
"SOME West Ham fans are outraged that Sam Allardyce has called them deluded. They were upset when I said it in this newspaper seven years ago.
Then, as now, they had been relegated from the top flight. Then, as now, fans believed anything short of automatic promotion was a disgrace.
They could not see that being in two successive play-off finals was substantial.
Other, equally proud clubs would have killed for that. But the club of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters “deserved” better, said many.
They are also the club of Marco Boogers, Titi Camara and Florin Raducioiu.
In their 93 league seasons, 43 have been in the second tier. They have not won anything for 32 years. They do not have a God-given right to canter to promotion.
One word for the assumption that they do is delusional. Another is arrogance."
The Boogers, Camara and Raducioiu line is a particularly cheap and lazy point given we laugh at these signings. He forgot Joey Beauchamp, McBenni McCarthy, Freddi Ljungberg and Kieron Dyer of course!
He also forgets that we stuck with John Lyall when he took us down and even backed Roeder following relegation until it was blatantly obvious to everybody that he wasn't up to the job.
Yes we are the club of Moore, Hurst and Peters, but we are also the club of Brooking, Bonds, Devonshire, Alvin Martin, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard, Glenn Johnson...
We are also the club of John Charles and Clyde Best - showing the way to others - and of Val der Elst, taking another lead in the game.
It is not the failure to win automatic promotion that has enraged the genuine West Ham fans, it is the appalling style of play. It is 4-5-1 at home. It is crude tactics. It is the safety first mentality. If we win automatic promotion, Allardyce can claim justification, but if he doesn't, we could have opted for the Holloway and Hughton route, playing the game in the right way and seeking to outscore the opposition rather than out bore them.
Anyway, Dennis the Relish had the completely wrong focus for the article. Doesn't he understand that it was West Ham fans who killed Princess Diana?