West Ham vice chairman Karren Brady has said the club never considered sacking manager Sam Allardyce, according to Sky Sports.

The Hammers were sitting in the relegation zone at the turn of the year and there were rumours in the air that Allardyce was going to get the boot.

But according to Brady that was all just speculation probably fuelled by some unhappy West Ham fans.

"Our faith in him never wavered," she said. "We didn't sack him, and we never really thought about it.

"The easy part is sacking the manager - the hard part is finding someone better to replace them with.

"If we were in that position, Sam Allardyce would be the man we would try and find to get us out of the mess - and we already had him there."

Since that period of the season 'Big Sam' has led West Ham up through the table and they are currently in 10th place in the Premier League in what has been a brilliant turnaround.

"I am very, very pleased for him that he's managed to turn it around over the last half a dozen games.

"He copes well with pressure. He's a manager that has never been relegated."

The Hammers will hope to continue their good run in the league when they face Stoke City at the Britannia stadium on Saturday which will prove to be a huge game with both sides needing points in their battle to avoid relegation.

The case with West Ham this season has been used to try and persuade clubs not to sack their managers midseason, with new managers rarely improving the situation from their predecessor.

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