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Friday 28 October 2016

Allardyce relaxed over future

Published 10/04/2015 | 12:51

Sam Allardyce is out of contract in the summer
Sam Allardyce is out of contract in the summer

Manager Sam Allardyce feels he has done everything asked of him by West Ham, but accepts he will just have to wait and see if that is enough to be given a new deal.

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The 60-year-old is out of contract in the summer, leading to speculation over his long-term future at the east London club, who are set for a move to the Olympic Stadium ahead of the 2016-2017 campaign.

Allardyce has been under some scrutiny all season, having made a conscious effort to improve the team's attacking style and agreeing to work with new forwards coach Teddy Sheringham.

Earlier in the campaign, the Irons had climbed into the top four following a good run of form, only to dip again at the turn of the year when hit by a run of injuries to key men and picked up just 11 points, losing at bottom club Leicester last weekend.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan this week admitted the "last 12 games have been exceedingly disappointing".

Allardyce - who successfully kept the Irons in the Barclays Premier League following promotion via winning the 2012 Championship Play-off Final at Wembley - accepts the current run of results have not been good enough despite positive performances.

However, the former Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle boss will just continue on planning towards the future in a professional manner unless told otherwise.

"I sit at this seat and do this job the best I can," he said at his press briefing ahead of Saturday's match against Stoke, who are level on points as the battle for a top-10 finish hots up.

"Have I delivered the what I have been asked to deliver? Yes. Would I do anything different? Yes, as we can all do something different.

"Have we grown the club and built expectation, for what reason going into a new stadium? Yes. Have we got as better team? Yes. And is it younger? Yes. Does it create more entertainment? Yes.

"But when you don't get results criticism comes your way.

"If you get praised too much, you become complacent. If you sit listening to negativity too much, you become too fearful.

"You have to keep a cool head and my line, from a very young age, has always been that the manager's job is to manage the madness."

Allardyce accepts perhaps the Irons became somewhat victims of their own success earlier this season, which saw them beat the likes of Liverpool and then Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground, leaving some supporters dreaming of European qualification.

However, Allardyce also fully understands the historical "nature and demands of the football club".

He continued: "That has been like it for years and years. I have talked to Harry Redknapp and it was the same back then (when he was manager), as it was for Billy Bonds.

"The expectation was high, and I don't think that has changed.

"You are bound to get people coming along looking for the same performances which you excited them with at the start of the season.

"Then when that doesn't happen, there is a bigger disappointment, because when you have been looking forward to something so much, but what they are used to has not quite been delivered then that disappointment frustrates over into showing a bit of discontent.

"But when we drew with Manchester United, we were applauded off and when lost to Chelsea we were applauded off. They didn't criticise us at all, even though we didn't win for them.

"When we don't play as well against teams they expect us to do (more against), like Crystal Palace when we went 3-0 down, then you expect to be criticised."

Despite having come so far since facing an uncertain future following well-documented off-field issues and a battle for survival, Allardyce maintains whomever is at the helm next season must not lose sight of the bigger picture.

"You never take Premier League status for granted, and standing still in this division is extremely dangerous," he said.

"You need to invest continuously and that brings you sustainability until you might be able to go that little bit further.

"Our success this year has been down to something that has never changed in this game - you bring in better players, you get better results."

Allardyce added: "We can keep going on about performances, but they have to equate to winning football matches because that is what we all want."

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