Sam Allardyce clearly wants to continue with his role as West Ham manager next season and with his future set to be decided in the summer, he’s trying everything in his power to convince the owners that he’s the right man for the job.
The 60-year-old has watched his team slip down to tenth in the Premier League in recent weeks after an enthralling first-half of the campaign that saw them sat in the top four on Christmas Day.
He’s now set them a target of a top-eight finish, while also ensuring everyone involved with the club that he knows why, where and how it has gone wrong for them this time around and what needs to be done next term to put it right.
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“I know the frailties, I’ve seen them and know what we need to do so those frailties don’t appear next season. For now though it’s about these last ten games, securing as many points as possible and trying to hit the target of eighth in the league,” Allardyce told the official club website.
A top-eight finish might not be enough to save Allardyce’s job with many believing that the owners David Gold and David Sullivan would rather bring in a fresh face, but given Big Sam’s record in this division it could be a risky move.
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As he rightly states, he knows better than anyone of the frailties at the club and where their weaknesses lie, however if he can put them right is the million dollar question.
If he does or doesn’t, you’d expect their Premier League safety to remain intact, while with another manager that is perhaps not guaranteed – just look at his previous club Blackburn Rovers, relegated the season after his sacking.
West Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady clearly wants the veteran to stay at the helm after her recent comments in The Sun.
“I suspect the boss moving to Sunderland won’t happen, especially if I have something to do with it!” Brady said.
While she does not explicitly say if the ‘boss’ in question is Allardyce, she certainly gives a strong indication that it is. If so, then it would seem that the Hammers official wants Allardyce to remain at the club for the foreseeable future, something that may not please the Upton Park faithful.
Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly on West Ham’s radar and would be an exciting option for the east London outfit should Allardyce part ways with the club in the coming months.
The Marseille coach, who lit up the World Cup with Chile in 2010, would bring the aesthetically pleasing brand of football to the Hammers that the owners are desperate to see.
The Argentine is certainly the stand-out candidate and has been labelled “the best coach in the world” by none other than Pep Guardiola – probably the best coach in the world.
Other names in the mix are Slaven Bilic, Michael Laudrup and Gus Poyet, however after a promising campaign it would not be a surprise to see Allardyce given another year.
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