Danny Murphy: This has happened every time Sam Allardyce has left a club

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy has predicted West Ham United could struggle following the Sam Allardyce era.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT he feels every club Sam Allardyce has left has struggled.

West Ham were very quick to announce confirmation of Allardyce’s exit from Upton Park last weekend, following defeat in the club’s final game of the season against Newcastle.

The search is now on for the Hammers to find a new manager but Murphy doesn’t feel Allardyce is going to have any trouble in terms of finding his next job.

“Every club he’s left always struggle when he’s gone. Newcastle, Bolton, Blackburn. Next season, whoever goes in and however much money they have to spend, it’s going to be really tough for them to replicate what they’ve done this season,” he said.

“Had they come out and announced the decision earlier, it may have impacted on the way they were playing – I think there will be big clubs looking at him now.”

The realistic aim for West Ham looking ahead to next year will be a position in the top half of the table.

Consolidating in the top ten is important and if a push for a European place becomes possible, the Hammers have to go for it as they look to maximise the potential of everything the move to the Olympic Stadium represents.

In terms of Allardyce finding a new job, he’s unlikely to be short of offers once things settle down following the FA Cup final this weekend.

He has solid experience as a manager in the Premier League and he does know the Championship.

He’s not the man West Ham’s board judge integral to their future and it will now be exciting to see who the Hammers place their faith in.

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