Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he’d be amazed if West Ham don’t already have a shortlist of managers to replace Sam Allardyce.
The Daily Mirror has reported that Allardyce is closer to a West Ham exit after talks with the club over his future. His current contract at Upton Park is due to expire at the end of the season.
“I’d be amazed if they don’t already have a plan and a shortlist of managers to replace him,” said Parlour.
The news could surprise some West Ham fans because Allardyce has got the side into a good position in the Premier League table, just five points away from the top six as things stand.
Allardyce also did well last summer to improve his playing squad, bringing in players like Alex Song on loan from Barcelona, when he could have arguably gone to any of the biggest clubs around Europe.
The perceived direct style of play he likes his teams to play has sometimes worked against him, giving him a reputation as a negative type of manager.
Who comes in to replace him if he leaves the club remains to be seen but Parlour seems to suggest it’s something that the Hammers have been thinking about for an extended period of time.
It will be difficult for Allardyce to motivate himself over the rest of the season if he knows he’s leaving the club but he’s professional and will go all out to get the team into Europe for next season.