Allardyce’s New Contract: The Case For and Against

Sam Allardyce

West Ham United are set to open talks with Sam Allardyce over a new contract as boss, is it a good idea or not?

Sam Allardyce has gone to West Ham United and has shown just why he’s a very well respected Premier League manager. He may not get his teams playing the best style of football but he knows what he’s doing both on and off the field.

West Ham have a very big decision to make because they are a side in transition at the moment and staring a 60,000 seat stadium in the face, which could dramatically transform the fortunes of the side very quickly.

The Case For

Allardyce offers security and stability. Considering West Ham, as a team and club, are going through changes at the moment, that is very important in terms of getting the very best from all angles. This is his squad and he knows how he wants to shape for next season and beyond.

The long term vision of the club means West Ham need to get to the summer of 2016 as a Premier League side and in a safe state. A three-year deal is not a massive over commitment on the part of West Ham and it conveniently allows them to review things just before the move into the Olympic Stadium.

Allardyce needs the time to shape the squad and get them moving up the league in the right direction. It’s no good to anyone if West Ham are bringing in managers for a couple of seasons on temporary deals then moving them on each time a deal is up for renewal.

He knows the club, he knows the owners, he knows the way the owners work and he knows the limitations that a new boss may find difficult to handle. Granted he may not be very happy with his budget but football is a game that’s all about results and Allardyce can get them.

The Case Against

The obvious case against is the wage deal of £2 million per year that Allardyce is likely to demand, which is half of what Fabio Capello was paid to manage England throughout his career with the national side. Is he worth that cash? You’ll be hard pushed to find many West Ham fans who think so.

The playing budget at West Ham has been cut dramatically which means any manager won’t have the level of cash he probably wants to drive the Hammers forward. The owners had to make this cut because of the previous regime but Allardyce has rarely found it comfortable to toe the line in this sort of regard.

Allardyce’s style of play has never been easy on the eye. West Ham can consolidate and remain a Premier League side with him in charge which is important but he’s not the manager who is going to push the side on to become a top eight team in the next couple of seasons.

A standard three-year deal with no real change of investment into the playing budget stinks of a lack of ambition. Of course getting the Olympic Stadium doesn’t but many West Ham fans won’t want three seasons of mediocrity just to get to a point where they pay less to see matches and the team starts buying better players.

Hammers fans, do you want him to sign on?

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