Sam Allardyce signs new West Ham dealby Jack Kitson / 13 May 2013, 16:15Tweet
West Ham have handed manager Sam Allardyce a new two-year deal after he guided the club to Premier League safety. The 58-year-old's contract with the Hammers was due to expire in the summer but he will now stay on at the helm. He will soon become their longest-serving manager since Alan Pardew who managed the club for three years between 2003 and 2006.
Allardyce replaced Avram Grant back in the summer of 2011 and in his first season in charge led West Ham to promotion via the play-offs. The Hammers started the 2012/13 campaign as one of the favourites for the drop but with just one game remaining they have a great chance of finishing in the top 10.
Their success this season has largely been down to their form at Upton Park, and they will now look to aim on a high with a win at home to relegated Reading. Sky Bet have the east London outfit available at 2/3 to claim the three points that will ensure they finish 10th, while a draw at 11/4 could also prove to be enough to seal a top-half of the table finish.