In an interview with the Standard, David Sullivan has confirmed that West Ham will hold off handing Sam Allardyce a new contract until the end of the season.
Many people wanted to see Allardyce out of a job last season, but the turnaround this term has been miraculous. Some adroit signings and impressive tactical changes have seen the Hammers move into the top half of the table, and be considered genuine contenders for European qualification next season. They have also booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, and Allardyce has rightly been praised for his work.
However, as of yet there have been no indications that the Hammers intend to offer the 60-year-old a new contract, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Despite being in the race to lead West Ham to their best ever Premier League finish, co-owner of the East London club, David Sullivan, has confirmed that talks will be held off until the end of the campaign, after which his position will be evaluated.
Quoted by the Standard, Sullivan said: “We will do it at the end of the season. If we lose the next 16 games people will say, ‘Why did you do it then?’ Similarly, if we win the next 16, they will be saying, ‘You made a mistake because Sam will want double the money’.”
It is the same process as taken last year, and it allows the managing staff to truly asses whether Allardyce can continue to take the club forward. He remained in his job last term to good effect, but it could be that Sullivan and his fellow co-owner David Gold do not feel as if he can take the club any further, and would rather lose him for free than have to pay him off or be stuck with him.
“It’s a chance we will take,” Sullivan added. “We’ll look at everything at the end of the season, exactly as we did last year and the year before. It’s the same with the players. We sit down at the end of May and judge which ones we need to renew and which we need to replace.”