Sam Allardyce has worked wonders with his new look Hammers squad, bringing flair and attacking threat to a side usually devoid of such traits.
The goals of Diafra Sakho and creativity of Stewart Downing have propelled the East London club up the Premier League table, and with impressive victories over Manchester City and Liverpool already recorded this term, there are real hopes that the Irons can extend their top four stay to the close of the season.
Such form has given increased backing to Allardyce, with the fans and playing squad now keen to see him remain at the club as they look to record their best ever Premier League finish, and, although the 60-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the close of the campaign, Allardyce himself has given no indication that he intends to leave the Boleyn Ground - and has admitted that contract talks will be occurring after the turn of the year.
However, the Daily Star has since reported that West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are keen to see Allardyce leave the club this summer, and will not be extending his contract. Having held talks with the boss last summer following major criticism of his management style, the owners allowed Allardyce to remain in charge, and he has since rewarded their faith.
Yet the board are said to remain unconvinced with the job he has done in East London, and such reports have created something of an uproar at the Boleyn Ground.
Despite the report, it appears as if such rumours are just that - rumours. It makes little sense for the co-owners to risk upsetting the playing squad by confirming that Allardyce will not be at the club next year, and David Gold has since taken to Twitter to deny the reports, calling them 'pure speculation'.
“@prideofeastldn: The Daily Star reports that Allardyce won't be offered a new contract? dg true or not? This is pure speculation. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) December 17, 2014
The denial of these claims will be welcome news to the West Ham faithful, who have finally found a return to style and success that characterises the true Hammers way.