Martin Keown suggests shock Sam Allardyce scenario at West Ham

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

The pundit is maintaining his stance on the former West Ham boss.

Martin Keown has suggested there could be the remote possibility of Sam Allardyce returning to West Ham United for a 'rescue mission' if all does not go well for Slaven Bilic at Upton Park, according to the Daily Mail.

Indeed, Keown was asked which Premier League managers are under the most pressure and the pundit discussed Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers before moving onto Bilic.

And, during a Tackle Keown session on the Daily Mail website, he said: "Slaven Bilic is another interesting one, as I wonder whether West Ham truly appreciated the work that Sam Allardyce did. What are the odds that if West Ham get into a rough patch that Big Sam comes in on a rescue mission."

A shock return?

Keown has been peddling his Allardyce line for some months and it's a tiresome one. West Ham needed change. Even if Bilic doesn't succeed, moving the 60-year-old out of the club was paramount both for the Hammers and Big Sam himself, despite his good early work.

That said, a Bilic failure is a legitimate concern. And, considering the amount of money Davids Gold and Sullivan have pumped into the east London side over the summer, the pressure will be on the Croat.

An Allardyce return, though, is extremely unlikely. It's great to suggest for some intrigue - but the West Ham owners would surely not go anywhere near Big Sam after letting him go.

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