sport

Allardyce's window fear

Sam Allardyce has described the transfer window as being "out of control" and fears he could lose his job if he signs the wrong players this month.

The West Ham United manager has had a busy January so far, recruiting Joe Cole from Liverpool, Marouane Chamakh on loan from Arsenal and Wellington Paulista from Cruzeiro.

But despite that early success, he regards the winter window as a nightmare part of the season that can end up doing more harm than good.

He said: "If I make mistakes in the transfer window and bring in players that fail, it costs me my job. It gets me the sack.

"The window has always been out of control since it started 10 years ago. It has never been in control.

"It has never been an ideal situation in any way, shape or form during the season.

"It's obviously a very disruptive time of the year, the back end of December and the beginning of January.

"I try very hard not to let the window use up all my time. I pass it all on to Martin [Glover, head of recruitment] and he is panicking a bit at the moment because he can't get any sleep at all."