West Ham boss Sam Allardyce the new Sack Race favouriteby Jack Kitson / 28 July 2014, 08:48Tweet
Sam Allardyce’s future at West Ham has been hurled into doubt after his odds were slashed in the Premier League Sack Race. The new season is still three weeks away but Big Sam already finds himself close to the exit door, with all bookmakers’ now pricing the 59-year-old as the evens favourite to become the first top-flight boss to lose his job.
Allardyce is feeling the heat after being publically slated by the club's disgruntled owners. The Hammers' hierarchy not only lambasted his plan to off-load the talented Ravel Morrison, but admitted that they made a mistake by throwing their eggs in one basket on the injury-prone Andy Carroll last season.
During the 2013/14 campaign Big Sam came agonisingly close to the sack on a number of occasions, and could count himself fortunate to cling onto his job come the start of the summer. In the end the East London outfit kept the faith, but on the condition that Allardyce employs a more attractive and attacking brand of football.
However, those in power at West Ham may now be regretting that decision, and according to reports a plan is now in place to give the former Bolton boss 10 matches to prove himself, and then they will assess the situation from there. The Iron kick-off the new campaign at home to London rivals Tottenham on Saturday 16 August, while they also face the likes of Liverpool, Man Utd and Man City before the season hits November.
West Ham's first 10 Premier League fixtures
Crystal Palace (a)
Man Utd (a)
Man City (h)