While most clubs occupy their summer months pursuing fruitless transfer prospects to bolster their ambitions and hopes for next season, there is a small handful of clubs who are busy taking a spin of an altogether different roulette wheel.
West ham got things underway today with the appointment of Sam Allardyce as the man to take over from Avram Grant and lead the Hammers back to the Premier League.
Allardyce has been on the wrong end of a few foolish club owners before, most notably Blackburn and Newcastle, and the out-spoken boss has his own way of ensuring results for any side he manages.
Having taken Bolton from the second tier of English football ten years ago, Allardyce looks to have all the boxes ticked to be the right man for the job.
However there is a certain element of discontent amongst the Hammers faithful over the appointment of Big Sam and his inclination to play effective rather than pretty football.
While West Ham’s tradition of attractive football is strong, and must be admired, there can be no room for snobbery when a side described its own owners as the most financially troubled club in the country have just been relegated.
In fact, West Ham are fortunate that a manager who has worked comfortably in the Premier league for such a long time is willing to drop down a level in order to hoist them back up again.
One main sticking point under the new boss could be the ever-present club owners. The two David’s, Gold and Sullivan, and Karren Brady have not exactly endeared themselves to many people in the game after their constant and persistent undermining of Avram Grant and his squad this season
There could be plenty of sparks flying between the two sides if the board try and get in the way of Allardyce trying to do his job, something which caused his downfall at Newcastle.
The new boss must also immediately go into damage limitation as he tries to hang on to as many of his current star players as possible, with Scott Parker, Carlton Cole, Matthew Upson, and Demba Ba all likely to be seeking Premier League football next season.
Allardyce may not be the best man for the job in the eyes of the Upton Park crowd, but he is certainly the best man for it at the moment. His record speaks for itself – the only problem is that it is not the only thing that speaks loudly and forcefully at West Ham.