Sam Allardyce’s position at West Ham United will only be discussed at the end of the season, the club’s co-owner David Sullivan has revealed on Tuesday.
Allardyce was under-fire at times last season, as the Upton Park faithful demanded a more entertaining brand of football to that which was on offer. The Londoners, though, resisted any calls to make a change in the dugout, but they did insist the 60-year-old introduced a more attacking style of play, and backed him with the funds to bring in a number of new players in the summer.
Many of those new additions, most notably Diafra Sakho, Alex Song, Enner Valencia and Morgan Amalfitano, have enjoyed a fine start to the campaign as the Hammers sit in fifth position after 10 matches. But Sullivan will not rush talks with Allardyce over a new contract, despite his existing deal set to expire at the end of the season when he could join a rival club.
“We will all sit down exactly the same as we did last season, exactly the same as the season before and the end of the first year in the Premier League when Sam’s contract ran out and we sat down and agreed a new deal,” he told Sky Sports. “We will sit down at the end of this season with Sam and see how he feels about everything and then decide what we are doing.”
Last time Allardyce was handed a new contract at West Ham it was a two-year arrangement, and a similar length would now see him in charge when the club move into the Olympic Stadium at the start of the 2016-17 campaign. When asked if this was likely, Sullivan added: “In all probability but he might be the manager of Manchester United or the manager of England, anything is possible in football.”
The Hammers resume their Premier League campaign on Saturday afternoon with the visit of Aston Villa. The Midlands giants have lost each of their last six fixtures to slump to 16th in the table, so Allardyce will no doubt expect his side to collect another maximum haul which could, depending on results elsewhere of course, see them enter the top-four.