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Time up for Allardyce as deadline approaches

Filed: Monday, 11th May 2015
By: Staff Writer

Hammers fans are likely to discover whether Sam Allardyce will be offered a new contract within the next few days.

The 60-year-old manager's existing two-year contract expires at the end of the current season, with both the Board and Allardyce having insisted previously that no decision will be made with regards to a new agreement until the end of the campaign.

That, both parties have maintained, is par for the course. However two years ago, when Allardyce's first contract was about to expire, it was confirmed he had signed a new deal 24 hours before West Ham's penultimate game of the 2012/13 season.

Ironically perhaps that came again Everton (a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park), who West Ham face at the Boleyn this weekend in their final home game of the season.

Few believe that Allardyce will still be at West Ham by the beginning of next term, although the list of potential replacements continues to grow shorter as the days pass.

Jurgen Klopp and David Moyes have already ruled themselves out of contention whilst Rafa Benitez, of whom David Sullivan is a long-term admirer looks poised to sign a new contract with Napoli.

The Sam old game

28 May 2011: Allardyce accepts offer to become West Ham's 14th manager.

19 May 2012: West Ham return to the Premier League at the first attempt via a Wembley play-off final.

11 May 2013: Allardyce signs a new two-year contract. Few object.

19 May 2013: West Ham beat Reading 4-2 to finish 10th in their first season back in the big time.

11 May 2014: Three wins over Spurs and a Capital One Cup semi final spot fail to gloss over a poor season as the Irons finish 13th.

20 May 2014: Sullivan confirms Allardyce remains in the face of some stiff opposition - and delivers new targets (European football).

May 2015: Allardyce looks set to deliver another top ten finish - but his days appear numbered.

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