Sam Allardyce's future at West Ham in doubtby Jack Kitson / 01 May 2014, 09:56Tweet
The knives are out for the under fire Sam Allardyce who could be set for the sack this summer after losing the support of the West Ham faithful, who have grown increasingly frustrated with his style of football. The Hammers, who are currently enduring a dire four game losing streak, could feasibly end the campaign on the back of six successive defeats, with their final two matches against London rivals Tottenham and title-chasing Manchester City.
On the plus side the Iron have already conjured up two wins over Spurs this season, including a stunning 3-0 win at White Hart Lane, but while another victory over their rivals would be celebrated, it is unlikely to save Allardyce in the long-term.
Big Sam has come under immense scrutiny in recent weeks, with his future hurled into the spotlight following disappointing results to Crystal Palace and West Brom. Scathing banners and cutting chants could be clearly seen and heard during last weekend’s turgid 1-0 defeat to the Albion; a loss which saw the East London club drop down to 14th, and just five points above the relegation zone, with two games remaining.
Meanwhile Hammers co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have done little to dampen the incessant rumours. The duo have failed to back Allardyce - who has one more year left on his contract - instead opting to deflect the situation to the end of the season.
In terms of results Allardyce has enjoyed a fairly decent three years with the Hammers, having led them to promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge, which was followed by an impressive top-half-of-the-table finish last season. The 59-year-old is likely to preserve the club's top-flight status once again this campaign, despite their worrying slump in form. However, his style of football could ultimately cost him his job at Upton Park, with fans craving a more positive approach.
Ex Cardiff boss, and former Hammers player, Malky Mackay is currently the favourite in the Next West Ham Manager Market. Meanwhile former Irons managers’ Harry Redknapp and Alan Pardew also feature, as do the likes of Michael Laudrup, David Moyes and Billy Davies.
If Sam Allardyce is to leave this summer, who should replace him in the dugout?
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