West Ham swiftly announced that they would be looking for a new boss following the club’s final game of the season last weekend and Martin has suggested that his old team were wary of the financial commitment a new contract would have required.
“He was already the fourth best paid manager in the Premier League – Would he accept a one-year deal?” he said.
“If not, straight away you’re looking at a three-year deal on high wages for a man you know the fans are undecided about – There’s no guarantee that because Sam’s record is solid, that he’ll be solid again next season.”
The fans being split over Allardyce would have caused some unrest if the West Ham board had gone on to offer him a bumper new deal.
The doubts relate to his style and whether he has the skill to be able to take the club forward and into a position where they are regularly competing for a place in Europe each season.
Those doubts would have existed regardless of the nature of any new offer made to Allardyce whether that would have been a one-year or a three-year commitment.
West Ham have made their decision and it’s important that the new boss is backed in all areas to take the club forward.
West Ham could have afforded to keep Allardyce on the books, but the board have made a statement that a new direction and a new brand of football are needed to justify a high level of financial commitment.
Next season will show whether it was a good decision or a bad error.