Look, after that Southampton dicking myself and many others genuinely thought this season could turn into a relegation scrap.
It wasn't an over reation and it wasn't being pessimistic. It was a realistic and genuine fear.
The side looked like it was shot. Utterly devoid of an attacking idea and far too similar to the teams some of us had to sit through in the 90s.
It was after that game that the board seemed to crystalise on Allardyce and swallow their pride.
they announced him just before the West Ham game. But he had already met the players before the announcement.
But that is besides the point @AllyBlue14
is making. His point wasn't about if Allardyce is any good. It wasn't even whether we were truly in danger of going down.
It was simply that, at the time the board made their decision, there was a general perception that we had a decent chance of finding ourselves in a bid to avoid a relegation battle.