‘Big’ Sam takes Upton Park hot-seat.
Sam Allardyce has taken over as manager of West Ham, following their relegation to the Championship.
The former Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton boss replaces Avram Grant who was sacked after their relegation from the Premier League with one game left.
“It’s a fantastic club with a great tradition and loyal supporters,” said Allardyce.
“I wouldn’t have taken this job if I didn’t think we could bounce straight back into the Premier League.”
West Ham caretaker manager Kevin Keen, who took charge for the last game of the season, a 3-0 home defeat by Sunderland, had stated his desire to lead them in the Championship.
However, Keen has no formal managerial experience, apart from looking after West Ham’s reserve team. (BBC Sport)
Sam Allardyce is very much a marmite type of manager, you either love him or hate him and a great many West Ham fans were not keen on the fact that the former Bolton, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers boss was being linked with the vacant Upton Park post, but now he has been appointed I would have thought that most supporters would feel he may well be the best man available to take the job.
Many of the East London club’s top talents appear to be heading for the exit and Allardyce’s first job will be to persuade those stars to stick with the club and help them battle back to the top tier, however co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold may also be keen to cut some big salary’s from the balance sheet.
The likes of Scott Parker, Matthew Upson and Robert Green are strongly linked with moves away from the club following their disastrous campaign under Avram Grant.