West Ham boss Sam Allardyce met with David Sullivan (co-owner of the London club) yesterday and said there was no suggestion he would be relieved of his managerial duties this summer.
Allardyce came under strong criticism from fans following a four-game losing streak in April that included 1-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.
A resounding 2-0 win over Tottenham at the Boleyn Ground brought that miserable run to an end in impressive fashion, yet The Irons are still set to record six fewer points than last term's tally if they, as expected, fail to get a result against Manchester City on Sunday. However, the former Blackburn Rovers manager insists that a 12th place finish is commensurate with their wage budget in relation to other Premier League clubs.
“The only thing I can say is I spoke to David Sullivan yesterday about arranging our usual end of the season meeting to go through the pre-season and budgets and what’s going to happen and had no indication to my position being under threat,” Allardyce said.
“We’ve delivered our goals to stay in the Premier League. We wanted to do a little better but we’re twelfth at the moment. Twelfth comes where we might have finished in budget terms. Staying up is critical for us.”
The 59-year-old is adamant that results, not style, is the reason his side have flattered to deceive this campaign – despite many attributing a one-dimensional set-up, that focuses too heavily on Andy Carroll, to their predictability this campaign.
“I’m not sure style is the problem, not getting results is the problem,” the West Ham manager said. “Our football was terrific if you watched the Tottenham game. We know we’re in the Barclays Premier League next year, let’s go and try to spoil Manchester City’s party We have to make sure we cope as a team, build a resilience and frustration and create a chance or two when we have possession.”