Cottee has called for clarity over the future of Allardyce, suggesting it’s difficult for the players because they don’t know who they are going to be playing for next season.
There’s no official sign of a new deal yet for Allardyce, with West Ham likely to deal with the issue of his future after the club’s final game of this season against Newcastle United away from home.
“Big Sam has said he is not bothered, while the board have said they will sort it out at the end of the season, but how can that be right for the players who don’t know who they will be playing for next season?” he said.
Allardyce may already have started trying one or two different ideas for next year, with his club safe from the drop and out of reach in terms of the European places.
However, it’s difficult for his players to see the point in working on any changes outside of their normal tactics, when there’s a chance that Big Sam won’t be the man in charge over 2015/2016.
Hopefully a decision can be made quickly after the game against Newcastle, which will allow the players to go into the summer break with clear thoughts before returning for an important pre-season period.
If he’s not being retained, the players can then quickly get used to the idea of playing for someone else next year and the exciting possibilities that entails.