West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says it's 'sacking season' after fellow bosses axed
Sam Allardyce admits he has not been surprised by the amount of managerial sackings in the past couple of weeks.
Last Updated: 02/12/13 4:18pm
The former Bolton and Blackburn manager spoke out after Owen Coyle's dismissal at Wigan took the number of coaches to lose their jobs since November 20 to eight.
Brian Laws was first to go at Scunthorpe and he was quickly followed by Portsmouth boss Guy Whittingham, Richie Barker of Crawley and Bristol City's Sean O'Driscoll.
And a trio of sackings over the weekend - Martin Jol (Fulham), David Flitcroft (Barnsley) and Dave Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) - were joined this morning by Coyle, who was shown the door after less than six months in the job.
And Allardyce believes there is no coincidence in the timing of the dismissals as owners and chairman seek to breathe new life into their clubs' ailing seasons.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, he said: "It's sacking season at the moment.
"It never changes this time of year. If you're not doing so well then there is always someone who will think it's time for a change.
"It's an unfortunate industry to be in from that point of view. It's very ruthless and very volatile and obviously I feel for all of them.
"But they will probably brush themselves down, get themselves up again and try and move on if and when the next job arrives, and I wish them well in that."
And Allardyce believes the pressure of the job was behind Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas' spat with two members of the press after his side's 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.
The former Chelsea boss became involved in a war of words with Daily Mail duo Neil Ashton and Martin Samuel who he claimed 'insulted his integrity and professionalism'.
"However disappointed you may feel about what people say about you in media terms you are still much better keeping your powder dry," said Allardyce.
"I admire him for having a go but I don't think it will do you any favours in the end.
"You have to admire him for sticking up for himself and in what he believes in, and in all honesty, he's probably right, isn't he?"