Upton Park club set to ring the managerial changes.
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West Ham are preparing to sack Avram Grant and have lined up Sam Allardyce to be their next manager, Goal.com UK can reveal.
The Hammers board have lost faith with Grant and are ready to become the next Premier League club to pull the trigger by bringing an immediate end to his six-month Upton Park reign.
The hierarchy believe Allardyce – who was only sacked by Blackburn earlier on Monday – is better qualified than Grant to arrest a decline that has yielded just 12 points from 17 Premier League games and leaves West Ham three points adrift at the bottom of the table.
Goal.com UK understands that they will make a move for Allardyce when his lawyers have negotiated his pay-off with the Lancashire club.
The 56-year-old, who was on a 12-month rolling contract at Ewood Park, was on a heavily incentivised deal worth up to £1.5 million-a-year.
Allardyce is highly regarded by West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, who have publicly backed Grant and, although he has taken the club to the League Cup semi-finals, they have become increasingly concerned about his ability to drag them out of the relegation abyss.
It is believed that the option of sacking Grant is not as prohibitive as previously thought. Although the Israeli signed a four-year contract last June worth £1.3m-a-year supplemented by a six-figure bonus if West Ham maintain their Premier League status, there is understood to be a severance clause in his contract which means he will be paid £650,000 – six months salary – if he is sacked. (Goal.com)
This source believes the axe is about to fall at Upton Park and given the rather poor start Avram Grant has presided over at West Ham, that would not be a huge surprise. The former Portsmouth and Chelsea boss has struggled to win over the club’s faithful and with just two wins in 17 it’s hard to see just how much longer Messrs Gold and Sullivan can wait to make a change at the top.
Sam Allardyce was rather harshly given the chop at Ewood Park and would probably be the type of boss to get results quickly but is he the man for the job long term? Will his brand of football win over those Hammers fans who want to see the ball played on the deck and with a certain style that you would not normally associate with club’s managed by Big Sam?
Would West Ham fans welcome such an appointment or does Avram deserve more time to prove his worth?
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