Danny Murphy suggests how Allardyce might approach big decision at West Ham

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Former England man Danny Murphy says Sam Allardyce has already done more than has been expected of him at West Ham United.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy explained to talkSPORT why Sam Allardyce may just up and leave West Ham United.

Allardyce is yet to be offered a new contract at the club, with his current deal set to expire at the end of this season.

Whether Big Sam is the man West Ham need to take the team forward is debatable, but Murphy feels he’s done a superb job with the club so far.

“His job was to get them up and keep them up. He’s done that easily and finished in the top ten or around mid-table for two years now. He’s done more than is expected of him,” said Murphy.

The issue that many West Ham fans will have isn’t the fact that Allardyce is a bad coach, because he’s not, it’s the question over whether he has it in his locker to play a more sophisticated style of football, which will allow the Hammers to compete and stay in the top six.

Allardyce prefers a central and predominantly direct style, which the best sides in the Premier League and Europe mop up, because it allows them to win possession back much more easily.

Big Sam may feel he’s done enough to earn a new contract and he’ll have his own thoughts about why it’s taking the club so long to put an offer to him.

That could still happen, but Murphy has suggested that whatever happens, Allardyce can walk away with his head held high if he wants to.

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