Thursday 22 February 2018

Allardyce content to wait for talks

Sam Allardyce's contract expires at the end of the season
Sam Allardyce's contract expires at the end of the season

Sam Allardyce insists his West Ham future has yet to be decided with negotiations over a new contract beginning only once the season is finished.

Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold are reported to view Slaven Bilic and David Moyes as potential successors to Allardyce, whose contract expires this summer.

Allardyce is unpopular among supporters while the club's end of season slide down the Barclays Premier League table has done little to strengthen the 60-year-old's hand when talks begin.

"It was always going to be settled at the end of the season. Whether I'm staying or going, that hasn't been decided yet," Allardyce said on Thursday ahead of the weekend's clash with Everton at Upton Park.

"Nearly two years ago when we finished 10th in the Premier League, I signed a contract on May 29, which was probably a good two weeks after the season had finished.

"At the end of this season we will sit down and negotiate. The outcome will be made known to everyone once those negotiations have finished.

"Speculation about the club not being happy with me or me not being happy with them is bound to happen."

Allardyce admits his desire to stay at Upton Park is dependent on him receiving a number of assurances.

"It depends on the contract. There's a lot of areas to negotiate, not just my contract but the staff, new players and the budget. As well as that it's about the direction we think we're going in," he said.

"We're going in the right direction, it's a question of how fast we want to move. All that needs to be discussed and agreed."

West Ham could qualify for the Europa League through fair play, meaning their season would start in mid-July, and Allardyce said: "Whatever the decision, we'll need to move quickly after that.

"Thankfully, the owners have always moved quickly to secure new players which has helped to improve the squad."

Since Christmas West Ham have fallen out of the Champions League places and now occupy 10th place, but Allardyce refuses to blame uncertainty over his future for the slump.

"I don't think it's affected the players. Our lack of results has been due to missing some core players through injury," he said.

"While we've managed to overcome the injuries to Winston Reid and James Tomkins remarkably well, our problem has been not scoring enough.

"We haven't been able to convert our chances, we had 29 shots against Burnley and only scored once so that really highlighted our problem.

"Our missed chances have really cost us in the last six or seven games."

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