Saturday 23 November 2019

Allardyce's West Ham future up in air

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce criticised his side's supporters after their boos at the final whistle of Wednesday night's win against Hull City
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce criticised his side's supporters after their boos at the final whistle of Wednesday night's win against Hull City

Matt Law

Sam Allardyce's future will be put under scrutiny when West Ham carry out an end-of-season review.

Allardyce criticised the supporters who booed West Ham off the pitch after Wednesday's 2-1 victory over 10-man Hull.

Co-owner David Gold took to Twitter to insist that Premier League survival is the club's only immediate concern. But there is recognition within the boardroom that a change of direction may be needed and Gold and David Sullivan must decide whether Allardyce is the man to oversee it.

Sullivan and Gold stuck by Allardyce earlier this season, when the Hammers were in the relegation zone, but pressure on Allardyce has increased again, with former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup joining Malky Mackay out of work and more managers certain to become available in the summer.

The future of David Moyes at Manchester United could be of particular interest to West Ham.

A section of supporters are upset by the style of football played under Allardyce. There could also be a change in the transfer policy, with West Ham aware that there is little re-sale value on many of the players Allardyce has signed on big wages.

Ravel Morrison has been sent on loan to Queens Park Rangers and scored five goals in eight games. It is unlikely Morrison will play again for West Ham while Allardyce is manager and interest in the midfielder from home and abroad is growing.

QPR will bid to sign Morrison permanently if they are promoted to the Premier League, while Newcastle are also likely to make an offer. Manchester City and Liverpool have watched his performances.

The victory over Hull ended a three-game losing sequence for West Ham and left the club within touching distance of safety. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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