West Ham manager Allardyce given targets for next season
Sam Allardyce will still be manager of West Ham next season, but the Hammers’ board have demanded more attacking football and an improved finishing position next time round, according to Sky Sports.
The club finished 13th in the Premier League this season, but faced criticism for their style of play. Allardyce attended a meeting at the home of club co-owner David Sullivan, where the former Newcastle boss laid out his plans for the club’s future should he remain at the helm – and has now agreed to recruit a new attacking coach and a complete redesign of the scouting and recruitment system in place in east London.
West Ham confirmed Allardyce’s continued tenure in an official statement, which reads: “After listening to feedback from supporters, the Board have insisted on improvements to the set-up of the playing and backroom staff to ensure the team provides more entertainment next season.
“The board will once again be investing considerable funds into the Club this summer. The club have made clear that they want to see progression on the pitch and at least a top-ten finish as a result.”
Allardyce himself responded to the statement, saying: “I look forward to taking the club forward and improving the squad for next season to try and achieve the plans we have set out in our very productive meeting last week.”
West Ham appointed the 59-year-old in 2010, and the Dudley-born ex-Bolton boss immediately guided the Hammers back to the Premier League after a single season outside of the top flight.
Co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan confirmed the retention of Allardyce’s tenure, saying: “We have a very clear vision of how we want West Ham United to operate under our joint ownership. Although not everybody understands the West Ham Way, we do and we respect it as we have been supporters all our lives.
“We believe this is about a philosophy that is not just about the style of play, but the whole ethos that surrounds the club. We have mapped out a way forward with (Sam) that will ensure our much-deserving fans have more to cheer about next season.
“We should also stress, though, that while improvements do need to be made, Sam deserves credit for the job he has done thus far after securing promotion in his first year and two respectable Premier League finishes in the two years thereafter.
“The 2014/15 campaign is crucial to our future and we are confident that Sam has the passion, experience and determination to make sure it is a success.”
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