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    What lies ahead for the Hammers?

    Speculation is rife over the future of West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce. With many fans calling for the head of their coach, the owners may be inclined to listen to the majority who fill Upton Park and part ways with Allardyce.

    With his contract up at the end of the season many expect both parties to part ways with a list of potential replacements having already been drawn up.

    Former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard, former Hammers defender Slaven Bilic, ex Swansea City manager Michael Laudrop and even Real Sociedad’s David Moyes have all been linked with replacing Big Sam.

    On current form you can understand the frustration of the fans. West Ham can only boast of three wins in their last 10 league games with five draws and three loses. That’s relegation form.

    His style of play isn’t the most attractive either as many fans especially last season were key to point out. Many fans were surprised to see him still in the dugout for the first game of this season.

    With fans not happy with the manager’s style of play it could turn fans away from going to games. That isn’t something the owners want or need with the club moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2017. If the club struggles to fill 35,000 seats how will they fill 54,000?

    With all this speculation hanging over the head of the manager he is acting extremely calm as he told the press in a recent interview.

    ‘We’ve managed to put in an infrastructure that has grown the club from where it was when I came in until, at this moment in time, a top-half Premier League club in my fourth season.’

    He has done a remarkable job since he took over at the club. Guiding them to promotion in their first season in the Championship.

    Keeping them up in their first season back in the Premier League, with a squad that was ravaged by injuries throughout the whole season. Andy Carroll, his recording signing, being out through injury didn’t help the situation either

    Having been in charge for 169 games Allardyce has a winning percentage of 39% having won 66 games.

    It doesn’t look too good having a winning percentage of 39% but West Ham aren’t a side that should be challenging for the league or top four. They are a mid table side.

    So far this season the Hammers are 8th in the table just eight points of the top four. Why the fans aren’t signing Sam Allardyce’s name from the roof tops I have no idea.

    You just have to look at the players he has brought in this season and the impact they have made.

    Diafra Sakho became the first player since Mickey Quinn in 1992 to score in six goals in as many games. He has scored against Liverpool, Manchester United and the winning goal and Manchester City so far this season.

    Alexander Song. What a signing that is. A player with the vast experience he has and to bring him to Upton Park is one of the signings of the season.

    Having signed Stewart Downing last season it looked as if he wasn’t going to fit in, but Allardyce has rejuvenated Downing playing him in the number 10 role which has even gotten him a recall into the England side.

    Looking at the plight of the teams that Allardyce has left the West Ham hierarchy need to be 100% sure they are making the right decision if they are going to replace him.

    When he resigned as Bolton manager in 2007 after securing a League Cup final appearance and four consecutive top eight finishes Bolton just managed to stay in the league by a single point.

    When Newcastle United controversially sacked him after a run of three defeats they were relegated in the same season.

    After being sacked at Newcastle he went to Blackburn who were at the time five points astray in the relegation zone. Allardyce saved them from relegation then secured a top 10 finish in his first full season at the club.

    Hammers fans need to be careful in what they wish for. If Big Sam is not to be offered a new contract they may struggle to reach the heights they have with him at the helm.

    Although his methods aren’t exactly ‘modern’ or ‘attractive’ but they get results. So the board must decide if they want to play attractive football that pleases the fans or win football matches.
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