Allardyce’s current contract with the Premier League outfit runs out at the end of the season, and no new deal is in place.
The Hammers and the Englishman will discuss fresh terms only in the summer, and it seems that it is not a foregone conclusion that the 60-year-old will remain in the job.
“It’s pure speculation,” Allardyce told The Sun when asked about taking over at Sunderland at the end of the season.
“I’m West Ham manager, I’m contracted to West Ham and I don’t expect anything other than sometime along the line we’ll be talking about a contract here.
“Will I be staying if the contract is right? If the contract’s right, yes.”
It is a straightforward answer from Allardyce, but it seems that he will not be bullied into accepting whatever terms are thrown at him.
The 60-year-old has been in charge of the London outfit since 2011 and took them from the Championship to the Premier League.
Allardyce has done a good job in making West Ham competitive, but the problem is that he does not have a great record of taking clubs to Europe.
West Ham harbour ambitions of playing in Europe in the coming years, and the team’s recent run of results indicates that Allardyce may not be the man to help them realise those dreams.