Rumours have resurfaced linking West Ham United coach Sam Allardyce with a move to fellow Premier League club Sunderland.
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The Hammers coach has an uneasy relationship with the club’s board and fans and his stay in East London is rumoured to be nearing its end.
The ex-Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United coach guided the Irons back to the top flight, but his playing style and his managerial approach haven’t always sat easily with the club’s fans.
According to the Sun [via Mercato365], Sunderland are keen to step in for Allardyce should West Ham end his spell at the Boleyn Ground.
The Black Cats are currently in the midst of a relegation battle, and despite replacing Gus Poyet with Dick Advocaat, have seen little upturn in their fortunes over the last few weeks.
The Dutch coach has a short-term contract at the club, cumulating at the end of June, at which point Sunderland might move for Allardyce.
It is believed that a contract of €2.8 million, keeping Big Sam at the Stadium of Light until June 2018, would be offered.