Sam Allardyce has a largely thankless task as a manager. He is viewed as a safe pair of hands, who can get a side promoted and keep them in a league, but not as someone who can develop a club. He also has a now completely immovable tag as a manager who plays boring, long-ball football, although when watching West Ham, this doesn't always seem to match up to the reality.
At West Ham, Allardyce achieved promotion, and has his side is reasonably comfortable position in the league despite a poor run of form, particularly away from home, before the win over Stoke at the weekend.
It would be very surprising if West Ham went down this year, and Allardyce believes that survival will see him secure a new deal in charge of the club. However that might not be the case, and the West Ham board might decide to gamble on a new manager in the summer.
There have been inevitable links to Paolo Di Canio since his departure from Swindon, but a more likely name could be Gus Poyet, who has made his desire to manage in the Premier League clear. West Ham might decide that in returning the club to the Premier League Allardyce's job is done, and a new man can now step in to develop the side, but would that be a wise decision?
There have been examples of other sides believing that Allardyce was not the man to take them forward, and ending up in the Championship as a result, with Newcastle United and Blackburn both paying the price for underestimating his impact.
There is a negative image that follows Allardyce that teams sometimes want to move away from, but really the fans should be the most accurate barometer of whether he is doing a good enough job in terms of results and style to merit a new deal.
So West Ham fans - if West Ham stay up, should Allardyce be given a new deal?
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