Sam Allardyce reportedly set for the sackby Jack Kitson / 09 May 2014, 10:02Tweet
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is reportedly set to be axed in the summer, despite last weekend saving the Iron from the dreaded drop. The Hammers boss has had his future played out in the media for some time now, with the club's co-owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, believed to be keen to make a change in the dugout at the end of the season, in order to appease the supporters.
Big Sam, who is currently the top-flight’s third longest-serving manager, has won promotion and avoided relegation (twice) in three seasons at the helm. However, fans have become increasingly frustrated with the 59-year-old’s brand of football at Upton Park, with the majority of the Hammers faithful desperate for a more attractive and eye-catching style of play.
At the time of writing Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, who has worked wonders at the North East club in recent weeks, is the favourite with most bookmakers in the Next West Ham Manager Market. Former Iron player Malky Mackay is right in the mix, while ex-boss Harry Redknapp is a best-priced 7/1 to make a shock return. Elsewhere Michael Laudrup could prove to be a popular choice due to his football philosophy, whereas David Moyes is back at 14/1.
Meanwhile the Hammers have the chance to play a pivotal role in the final chapter of this season's enthralling title race, as they face league leaders and Man City at the Etihad on the final day of the season. If the East London club conjure up a shock win (at 17/1 with Bet Victor), they could prevent City from winning the coveted trophy, providing Liverpool win at home to Newcastle.