Alvin Martin explains why keeping Allardyce is high risk for West Ham

West Ham United legend Alvin Martin says the club have to be applauded if they decide to replace Sam Allardyce this summer.

West Ham United legend Alvin Martin told talkSPORT that his old club deserve applause if they decide to take a punt on a new manager and don’t decide to keep Sam Allardyce in charge.

Martin argued it was a brave decision because the club know exactly what they’re going to get in Big Sam, while bringing in a new, possibly foreign, coach creates a number of uncertainties at a time when the club are looking to progress.

“In my view, if they are looking at making a change then I think it’s to be applauded and I think it’s a brave decision,” he said.

“I still think it’s a high risk appointment if they keep Sam on because if it doesn’t go well, then you have got a real problem and you have signed someone on a long term contract on a lot of money that you’ve got to remedy; when do you push the button? When do you pull the trigger?”

The other fact that West Ham need to consider if they keep Allardyce on is the discontent, which will quickly build amongst the club’s support base if next season doesn’t start well.

The Hammers got off to a flying start in the Premier League this year and fans would more than likely be looking for more of the same at the start of 2015/2016.

The club have been on a poor run of form, but the slate gets wiped over the summer and the manager can make some changes in terms of who he wants to bring in and who he wants to leave.

However, five, six or seven games into the new season, if the club are still searching for a win, there are going to be plenty questioning the value in any deal offer to the current manager.

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