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Allardyce turning a blind eye to his contract situation

Sam Allardyce insists he is turning a blind eye to any speculation over his future at West Ham and is remaining calm about his contract situation.

The Hammers boss is out of contract at the end of the season but has already said he is happy to wait until then to open talks over extending his four-year tenure at Upton Park.

Allardyce has never enjoyed a cosy relationship with much of the club's fan-base but has won over a number of doubters with a change in style which saw West Ham start the season well.

A slight drop off in results since Christmas, coupled with a 4-0 thrashing at West Brom in the FA Cup fifth round last weekend, has seen another groundswell of suggestions that he could be replaced - but the 60-year-old is unmoved having seen it all before.

"The same way I deal with most things in the game, I don't listen to it," Allardyce replied when asked how he deals with speculation surrounding his job.

"It is not my desire to listen to praise or criticism. I like to be professional and work with the people within the football club to try and get the best out of them. I hear things but I don't take any notice of it.

"There was speculation last season same as this season, I think there always will be."

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