Sam Allardyce to leave West Ham 24 hours after final game of the season
Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United exit is due to be confirmed less than 24 hours after the final game of the season against Newcastle United.
West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold, together with vice-chairman Karren Brady, are scheduled to meet manager Allardyce on Monday, when it is expected the 60-year-old’s departure will be rubber-stamped.
Sullivan and Gold have maintained that no decision will be finalised before the meeting, but Allardyce expects to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this season.
Allardyce is due to go on holiday next Tuesday and is aware West Ham have been working on a list of potential new managers to take them into the Olympic Stadium.
David Moyes has always been the first choice of Sullivan and Gold, but, with the former Everton and Manchester United manager insisting he has no immediate plans to leave Real Sociedad, Rafael Benítez is their next option.
There have been conflicting reports from Italy over the future of Benítez at Napoli, but that should become much clearer once it is decided whether the Italian club qualify for the Champions League.
With the top three qualifying for the Champions League, Napoli are fourth in the Serie A table behind Lazio, who they play on the final day of the season on May 31.
Should Benítez, the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager, remain at Napoli or reject the West Ham job, the club would move down their list of targets by considering Slaven Bilic or Michael Laudrup.