It’s unclear as to whether Allardyce is going to be kept on at West Ham beyond this season, but Murphy feels that he should be offered extended terms to continue the good work Allardyce has been doing.
“I think overall this season they’ve made progression and they’ve made some good signings and I’m just surprised and bewildered over why it looks like they’re going to let Big Sam leave,” said Murphy.
Certainly it seemed as though West Ham would be capable of securing a European place over the first half of the season.
They were competitive in and around the top six places for a long time before various problems emerged, which cause the side’s slide down the Premier League table.
The Hammers could still finish in the top eight with a good run, but whether that’s good enough to help Allardyce keep his job and win over his doubters remains to be seen.
Over the next couple of seasons with the Olympic Stadium move just around the corner, West Ham’s finances are going to grow and the fees they pay for players will increase.
Murphy feels Allardyce has done well at West Ham’s current level, but he may not get the chance to prove that he can spend and buy effectively by the time the Hammers reach that point.