What's the answer to West Ham's big dilemma over the coming months?

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce's contract is close to expiring.

West Ham United face a quandary when they decide whether or not to offer Sam Allardyce a new contract over the coming months.

Allardyce's current deal at the Boleyn Ground expires in the summer and the big question mark is whether the Hammers choose to stick with him or not. 

Previously, the obvious decision would have been to dispense with Allardyce and look elsewhere, but the improvements the side have made this season suggest that he is in on the right track.

The Hammers have sustained a European push for most of the campaign and, even though their form has dipped recently, they have made giant strides.

West Ham have gone from a side criticised for their direct tactics to one of the most exciting and intimidating attacking teams in the country, but it would be wrong to suggest that all their problems have been eradicated.

Allardyce has kept the bulk of his critics quiet throughout the campaign so far, but there was vocal discontent in the stands as the Hammers fell to a 4-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion last weekend. 

There is a feeling that Allardyce will never be fully appreciated at the Hammers, with his footballing ethos conflicting with the traditional style of the London club and David Sullivan and David Gold need to work out whether or not to keep hold of him.

Allardyce is unlikely to win over all the supporters at West Ham, regardless of what he does now, and a few poor results is all that it will take for the pressure to grow on his position. 

With the club set to embark on an exciting move to the Olympic Stadium, there has been a lot of optimism about their future and it may be that a new manager is needed because of this.

West Ham need their supporters to be united, but it seems that under Allardyce's stewardship this will be extremely hard to achieve. 

It means that West Ham's best option this summer may be to let Allardyce's contract run down, thank him for his service and move on to a new manager.

Although the experienced 60-year-old boss has done a good job with the side there are question marks over his ability to push them on to the next level and West Ham may be best served by appointing a new boss that the entire club can get behind as they plan for an ambitious future. 

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