Liverpool great Phil Thompson criticises West Ham United owners

Allardyce deflated

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson says that West Ham United should have made a decision on manager Sam Allardyce’s future by now.

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has criticised the West Ham United owners on Sky Sports.

The former England international defender believes that the Hammers co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan should have made a decision on the future of manager Sam Allardyce by now.

“I don’t have a clue,” said Thompson on Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Saturday afternoon before West Ham’s Premier League clash against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Roadwhen asked what difference it makes if they announce their decision now.

“That’s bad leadership from the owners. Just let people know. The supporters would like to know, and maybe they could ease off on Sam Allardyce.

“Sam has handled it really well. I think he won’t be there next season. Why don’t you tell your own people, which is your fans?”

Allardyce’s current contract with West Ham runs out at the end of the season, and no new deal is in place.

Negotiations over fresh terms will be held only in the summer, but given the way things are going right now, one would be surprised if the Englishman is retained in the job.

The former Newcastle United boss has failed to win a single competitive game with West Ham since March 21, as the Hammers are in danger of finishing outside the top 10.

In the opening months of the season, West Ham were actually in the running for a top-four finish in the Premier League, but since Christmas, the London outfit have been struggling.

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