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West Ham to Name Sam Allardyce as New Manager Next Week

Hammers to name former Bolton, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers boss as new manager.

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West Ham hope to appoint their new manager by the end of next week, BBC Sport understands.

Reports suggest former Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is in the frame to succeed Avram Grant.

West Ham sacked Israeli Grant after they were relegated from the Premier League with one game remaining.

Caretaker manager Kevin Keen, who took charge for that game, a 3-0 home defeat by Sunderland, has stated his desire to lead the Hammers in the Championship.

However, Keen has no formal managerial experience, apart from looking after West Ham’s reserve team.

Allardyce was surprisingly sacked from his role as Blackburn manager in December after three defeats in five games, with Rovers 13th in the Premier League, five points above the relegation zone. (BBC Sport)

A number of prospective managers have been strongly linked with the vacant Upton Park post but it appears that ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce will win the race to replace hapless Avram Grant at the club next week. The former Newcastle United, Bolton and Blackburn Rovers boss has been out of work since his surprise sacking last December.

Allardyce will no doubt have to start the Championship campaign minus some of his top talent as the likes of Matt Upson, Robert Green and Scott Parker appears destined to leave the East London club this summer.

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