Hammers time up for in-demand Allardyce
Sam Allardyce will reject any offer to stay on as West Ham United manager at the end of the season, as he is understood to have turned down a tentative approach from the club's board to open talks over a new deal.
It was widely expected that Allardyce would depart Upton Park, with his contract expiring, but West Ham have experienced frustration with targets Jurgen Klopp, David Moyes and Eddie Howe.
Klopp, who has announced that he will leave his position as Borussia Dortmund manager this summer, was sounded out via intermediaries, but is prepared to wait before making his next career move.
Moyes is highly regarded by the West Ham board but he has made it clear that he will be staying at Real Sociedad for another season, while Howe will not leave Bournemouth after guiding the club to the Premier League. West Ham have other options, which could include Michael Laudrup, Slaven Bilic and Napoli's Rafael Benitez, yet any hopes of persuading Allardyce to stay on will be dashed by the 60-year-old.
Allardyce is understood to have two other offers, one in England and one abroad, and one of those could be Fulham, who are expected to search for a new manager after another season in the Championship. His future will not be at West Ham, as he has decided that he will leave the club even if they make a firm proposal to him in the next few weeks. (© Daily Telegraph, London)