Five reasons Sam Allardyce may have been kept as West Ham boss

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

West Ham United have reportedly put their faith in Sam Allardyce ahead of his fourth season for the Hammers.

Despite huge pressure from supporters, Sam Allardyce will remain in the West Ham hotseat for the 2014/15 season, according to an exclusive in the Telegraph.

Speculation arose on Monday that the East London club were waiting to see the fate of QPR’s promotion bid – hence Allardyce's 10-day “stay of execution” ­– before prising Redknapp away from Loftus Road and back across the claret-and-blue side of the capital.

Such speculation now seems unfounded with Big Sam being confirmed as the man to lead West Ham into battle for the fourth consecutive season.

So why have the board reportedly decided to keep him on? Here are five possible reasons...

1) Allardyce has secured the Hammers’s Premier League status two seasons running.

2) Whilst not a purveyor of the kind of football deemed attractive by the fans, Big Sam is something of a specialist at Premier League survival.

3) A few canny additions to the playing staff could equal a more fluid playing style, especially at home, appeasing the terraces somewhat.

4) He has one year left on his current contract and has hit every target set by the board.

5) And, most of all you feel, the board of directors and the club desperately need stability at all levels ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium.

Quite how this show of loyalty will effect season ticket sales and the atmosphere within the Boleyn Ground remains to be seen.

An overwhelming 78% of fans voted against Big Sam retaining his job in an internet poll conducted by 16 West Ham websites, blogs and forums despite him leading the club to a more-than respectable 13th position in the 2013/14 Premier League table.

It is certain that Allardyce will need new players to adopt the kind of football the fans desire whilst maintaining his usual unremitting surge to safety.

A £20million warchest has been mooted and Allardyce has also reportedly been instructed to promote more of his talented youth squad into the first team.


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