Sam Allardyce must show he can still influence his West Ham team and bounce back from their thrashing to Manchester City, says Niall Quinn
The Hammers slummped to a 6-0 defeat in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg thanks to a stylish hat-trick from City stiker Alvaro Negredo, two strikes from Edin Dezko and a Yaya Toure goal.
The result means West Ham look set to miss out on a Wembley final and after a shock 5-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last weekend the pressure continues to pile on their under-fire manager.
Former Manchester City striker and ex-Sunderland chairman Quinn told Sky Sports that Allardyce needs to prove to the club's co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan that he can turn things around despite their backing in a letter to the fans earlier this week.
Quinn told Sky Sports: "I don't think the chairman can write any more letters. I think they've got to sit back now, they've made the call the way they have and they were emphatic about letting every supporter know exactly how they felt.
"They've got to rest with that through the month of January and support him as they said they would in that letter.
"They've got to get players in, which is difficult because who wants to go to a club who are on the slide? That is all they can do for now or, they can go away, have a very bad night's sleep, wake up and make life very difficult for Sam.
"It's the option that they said they wouldn't take but we were here beside the fans and you just wonder whether they'll listen to them. It will take a strong chairman to make that decision.
"But Sam has to show he is still totally in charge of that team in such a way that he is influencing it in the correct ways to bounce back and if they believe that they've got to stay with him - I think they will, they said they would - then they've got to try and get some help in the January transfer window."
The Hammers, who sit 19th in the Barclays Premier League, face a trip to Cardiff on Saturday and Quinn believes Allardyce has to use his experience to turn things around.
"The best thing about the game for West Ham was that is finished and they can just get on the bus and start thinking about Cardiff now because they've got to get out of here and get it out of their system," added Quinn.
"I think he [Allardyce] is experienced enough not to rant and rave and lose his head over this performance. We must remember the side they were playing against are in absolutely top, top form and coming off a shock result the other day the pressure is right on.
"I think he'll take a deep breath and may even give them a day off after a long journey and say, 'let's come in with fresh minds for the weekend and let's try and get the defensive side of things a little bit better than it has been because for me that's where it went wrong for them tonight. We were expecting this eight, or nine men behind the ball - making life difficult - but it wasn't difficult at all.
"His players didn't respond tonight now they've got to get it out of their system and they've got to do it better against Cardiff."
Manchester City put in another terrific home performance to make it 59 goals scored at the Etihad this season in just 15 games, that's an average of just under four goals a match.
Alvaro Negredo showed no signs of missing usual strike partner Sergio Aguero as he netted a hat-trick and Quinn was suitably impressed with his partnership with Edin Dzeko.
"Negredo has played for the manager [Pellegrini] before, he knows how the manager wants to play and the other players have slotted into his way of thinking as well.
"The first half he was absolutely superb and his relationship with Dzeko just went from strength to strength."
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