West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admits this season has been his toughest in the Premier League.
Allardyce says he feared the sack in January.
He told the Sunday Mirror: â€œThe Premier League is worth about Â£70million a season. When you go down to the Championship itâ€™s about Â£10m plus parachute money so the gulf Âbetween the two divisions is like the Grand Canyon.
â€œThe devastation caused by Ârelegation is huge and affects a club for years, so I donâ€™t mind admitting January was probably my most difficult time in Premier League management.
â€œIt was the toughest Iâ€™ve ever known. We had poor results, defensive Âproblems, Andy Carroll injured and then Kevin Nolan getting sent off on New Yearâ€™s Day for the second time in a month.
â€œWe werenâ€™t far away from getting the results but the turning point was going to Cardiff.
â€œAndy was back on the bench and that gave everyone a boost but we had James Tomkins sent off when we were winning 1-0 with 25 minutes left. I just sat there thinking what else could possibly go wrong this season, but Andy came on and made the second goal for Nolan.
â€œTo win in that manner boosted belief, and to climb away from trouble with the results weâ€™ve had in February is massive credit to the players and staff."
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