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West Ham Boss Sam Allardyce Yet To Sign New Deal

Upton Park manager’s contract expires at the end of the season.

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has yet to agree a new contract at Upton Park despite his current deal running out in the summer.

Allardyce achieved his first objective by steering the Hammers back into the Premier League last season, but has yet to reach this year’s target of securing the club’s place in the top-flight.

He has had talks with West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan but must avoid relegation before the discussions take on a more serious nature, with the Upton Park club’s recent slump in form dragging them closer to the Premier League drop zone.

“I know my relationship with David Sullivan and David Gold well and the conversations that we have remain confidential,” Allardyce said. “I’m more than happy to do the job that I’m doing right now and speculation regarding my contract situation has nothing to do with anybody else but the owners.”

A statement from Gold read: “As David Sullivan and I have always maintained, we will sit down and discuss Sam’s contract situation once our Premier League status has been confirmed and not before.”

Allardyce replaced Avram Grant at the helm at West Ham and secured an immediate return to the Premier League following relegation.

The former Bolton, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers manager has steered West Ham to 11th in the table, but a run of just one win since New Year’s Day has left Allardyce looking over his shoulder rather than up the table which had seemed more likely after the opening half of the season.

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa heaped more pressure on Allardyce, whose position could be taken by former West Ham idol Paolo Di Canio with the Swindon Town boss the popular choice of the Upton Park faithful.

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