The end of the football season is normally met with sadness and disappointment by most fans. But as West Ham supporters watched on as their side rolled over to title-winners Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, there was more of a sense of relief and a need for change.
Hammers fans have made their feelings towards manager Sam Allardyce clear in recent weeks, but as the curtain draws on another Premier League season, the future of the 59-year-old remains uncertain amidst growing pressure from supporters.
On the face of it, a 13th placed finish having played a large majority of the season without talisman Andy Carroll seems like a decent return for the Londoners, who twice found themselves in the bottom three this year.
However, there is growing uncertainty surrounding the former Bolton and Blackburn manager, who has come under heavy criticism for his style of play and use of substitutes, with many fans taking to Twitter urging co-chairman David Gold to relieve him of his duties.
Current Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been linked as a possible replacement, as well as the man he replaced at the Black Cats, Hammers legend Paolo Di Canio.
As for the so-claimed 13th highest paid manager in the world, a 13th placed finish this season may lead to an untimely exit from East London for a manager who polarises opinion with a desire for substance over style.
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