Saturday 27 December 2014

Allardyce silent over contract

Published 11/02/2013 | 11:31

Sam Allardyce wants to keep any talks over a new deal private
Sam Allardyce wants to keep any talks over a new deal private

Sam Allardyce is not willing to entertain speculation surrounding his future as West Ham manager, and will keep talks between himself and the club's owners private.

Co-owner David Gold released a statement on Sunday saying contract talks with Allardyce will not open until top-flight safety has been assured, with West Ham currently seven points clear of the relegation zone.

And, when asked about his contract talks on Monday, Allardyce said: "I know my relationship with David Sullivan and David Gold well and the conversations that we have remain confidential. 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."

Allardyce has been in charge at Upton Park since last summer and guided the Hammers back into the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking.

Gold's statement on Sunday 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.

"This is purely because the three of us don't want anything to distract attention from our aim of finishing as high up the Premier League table as possible."

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