Allardyce’s future in doubt at West Ham

Sam Allardyce could be on his way out at West Ham after one of the club’s owners declined to offer his support to the manager, ESPN has reported.

West Ham fans have grown disgruntled with Allardyce and sang anti-Allardyce songs during the Hammers’ 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. It was West Ham’s fourth straight defeat and with two games to play the London club are five points clear of the bottom three.

“I am not saying anything now,” co-owner David Sullivan is quoted as saying. “We’ll discuss it at the end of the season as we always do.”

Allardyce will have 12 months remaining on his contract at Upton Park at the end of the season and acknowledged the criticism from the stands, insisting that it’s a result of the club’s poor form and understandable considering results.

The former Blackburn Rovers boss also said that early plans for next season had been put in place but further talks were delayed until safety was assured.

“I don’t see any problem in terms of what we’ve been talking about but you never know, do you? We’ve had preliminary discussions [about the transfer budget] but all of those have been put on hold for the last four games,” Allardyce said recently.

“I can hear the chanting, I know about that and I’ve had it before. Everyone’s miserable because we haven’t won. Criticism comes on me because I’m responsible to make the team win.”

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