West Ham chairman reveals planned contract talks with manager Allardyce

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has confirmed that the club will open contract talks with Sam Allardyce.

Saturday's 2-2 draw with Stoke means that West Ham currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table, with five wins from the first ten games.

With home victories against last season's top two Liverpool and Manchester City, the Hammers have enjoyed a remarkable turnaround - and much of it is down to manager Sam Allardyce.

'Big Sam' was under immense pressure this summer having only managed a 13th place finish, but the West Ham board backed him in the transfer market, allowing Allardyce to bring Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Cheikhou Kouyate, Diego Poyet, Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia to Upton Park.

So far, the results have been superb, and some are even suggesting that the previously under-fire Allardyce could replace Roy Hodgson as the next England manager after the 2016 European Championships.

In a bid to make sure Allardyce remains in East London, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan says that the club will hold contract talks with the 60-year-old in the summer, with the hope that he manages the club in 2016, when the Hammers move into the Olympic Stadium.

"We will sit down with the end of the season Sam and see how he feels about everything, see how he feels, and then we'll see what we do," he told Sky Sports News.

"In all probability Sam will be the manager (when the club moves to the Olympic Stadium in 2016). But who knows? He might be manager of Manchester United or England. In football anything can happen."

Manchester United may be pushing it, but Allardyce is certainly a name in the frame for when Hodgson leaves his role as England manager, having changed his style of play.

Previously built around long ball tactics, Allardyce has this season switched to a 4-3-1-2, with pace and movement up front reaping rewards - and for that reason, West Ham have to hope that Allardyce stays put.

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