The doom laden atmosphere and attitude (while understandable) is part of the reason we ended up appointing Big Sam. Some people really panicked at the start of the season when we were around the the relegation area, and thought we were going or gone.
A lot of others just said 'nah we've got good players, and we've just played 5 of last season's Top 6. Calm the fuck down, we'll be more than fine whoever the manager is'. But that seemed to fall on deaf ears.
If the club, and some of the fans, had been a bit calmer and took a step back, we'd never have gone near Allardyce.