Former West Ham winger says writing is on the wall for Sam Allardyce

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Former West Ham United winger Matthew Etherington thinks Sam Allardyce will be on his way out of the club in the summer.

Speculation over Big Sam's future in East London has been rife since the Hammers decline during the second half of the season.

With just two Premier League wins since Christmas, the Hammers have dropped from fourth down to midtable where they are coming under pressure from the likes of Crystal Palace to hold onto their spot in the top 10.

A host of top managers from across Europe have been linked with Upton Park in recent weeks, the latest being Swansea boss Garry Monk. And the rumour mill has gone into overdrive since West Ham owner David Sullivan revealed he was 'exceedingly disappointed' with how the season had panned out.

Now former Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Etherington, who was forced to retire from football before Christmas due to ongoing injury problems, has admitted he cannot see Big Sam surviving the summer.

Speaking to website, the 33-year-old said he thinks the writing is on the wall.

"I rate Sam as a manager," Etherington said.

"He gets results. He has done what has been asked of him at West Ham and I think people should remember that. However I feel he will leave in the summer. Everyone needs to be pulling in the right direction moving into next season and then into the new stadium.

"I don't think the majority of the fans are behind Sam anymore."

Allardyce admitted himself in last week's pre-match press conference ahead of the Stoke City match that he didn't know if he would be keeping his job. The club insists, in line with policy, it will discuss any new contract come the end of the season.

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