Sam Allardyce gives update on West Ham future, and thoughts on Newcastle return

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sam Allardyce addressed the media ahead of this weekend's final Premier League game of the season against Newcastle United.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says his future will be decided one way or another on Monday - the day after the Premier League season has concluded - but claims his agent will be there instead of him attending in person.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the future of the Hammers boss in recent weeks, with reports suggesting that he will part company with the club - per the Guardian.

One thing that won't have helped Allardyce's cause will be the club's form in the second half of the season, which has not only seen them fall away from any ambitions of qualifying for Europe next season, but now sees them in the bottom half of the Premier League going into the final day of the campaign.

He told reporters at a press conference covered by the club’s official Twitter account: "We haven't been able to sustain our brilliant form from the first half of the season which has been very disappointing."

This weekend's game sees Allardyce return to one of his former clubs, and a victory for West Ham could also have a helping hand in relegating Newcastle United to the Championship if Hull City beat Manchester United at the KC Stadium.

Even though his time with Newcastle didn't end the way he would've liked to, the Hammers boss insists there is no extra motivation to leave with all three points than there would be anyway.

He added: "I was at Newcastle seven, eight years ago. We've both moved on since then. There's no extra motivation."

Ahead of the game, Allardyce has said that James Tomkins has returned to the squad but Reece Burke is expected to play with James Collins sidelined through an injury picked up against Everton.

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