Alvin Martin: West Ham need to avoid the mistake they made over Martin O'Neill

Sam Allardyce

West Ham United legend Alvin Martin has urged the club to act quickly over sorting out the club's manager for next season.

Former West Ham United player Alvin Martin urged his old side not to make the same mistake they made when they nearly signed Martin O’Neill, when he appeared on talkSPORT.

Martin suggested that there is some back and forth going over the future of manager Sam Allardyce, suggesting that the Hammers may miss out on the chance to keep Big Sam if they aren’t more decisive over the issue.

“Sam’s camp are saying he’s turned down a contract and the board are pretty quiet, if they have decided to make a change then no one is going to know about that until the deal is done,” said Martin.

“They made a mistake with Martin O’Neill a little while ago and they ended up losing their man, they will play a cagey game.”

It is a realistic argument to suggest that had West Ham been serious over keeping Sam Allardyce then the issue would have already been sorted out.

However, when he signed his last West Ham deal, it didn’t happen until the end of May after the season had finished so there is still time for negotiations to take place and reach a mutual conclusion.

The difference between Allardyce’s situation and when the club signed O’Neill is that the former already works at Upton Park.

They don’t have to go out and prise him away from another club or convince him into the job. It comes down the terms and how happy each party is with the job Allardyce is doing at the club.

Sooner or later there will be some give on one side and developments will happen, but it’s important any decision doesn’t affect West Ham over the summer in terms of the transfer market and pre-season.

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