West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will remain in charge even if the club fails to secure promotion this season, according to vice-chairman Karren Brady.

The Hammers are winless in six home matches after Saturday's 4-2 defeat against Reading, which left them four points adrift of the second-placed Royals with six games to go.

The Upton Park club were among the pre-season favourites to secure an instant return to the Barclays Premier League but Brady insisted Allardyce's future does not hinge on achieving that goal. She told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Yes he will still be in charge next season - definitely."

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