Pressure Growing on Sam Allardyceby Jack Kitson / 12 February 2013, 10:57Tweet
Just two wins from 11 Premier League matches has piled the pressure on West Ham boss Sam Allardyce at a crucial part of the season. The Hammers' slump in form means they are now in real danger of getting dragged into a relegation scrap, especially considering the tricky run they have ahead of them.
In the next two months Allardyce's men must travel to Stoke, Chelsea, Liverpool and a rejuvenated Southampton, with the likes of Tottenham, Man Utd and West Brom visiting Upton Park. The London club surpassed many people's expectations during the first-half of the season but they if their poor performances continue then they will face a fight to preserve their top flight status.
Allardyce has been told by the club that he must seal survival before negotiations on a new deal can take place. The former Bolton boss' contract expires at the end of the current campaign and if he fails to keep the Irons in the league then it would appear unlikely that his contract will be renewed. Bookmakers have reacted to Sunday's dismal defeat to struggling Aston Villa by slashing Allardyce's odds from 66/1 (Bet Victor) to 14/1 in the Premier League Sack Race.