The six candidates to replace West Ham’s Sam Allardyce

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It’s probably not the best time to be Sam Allardyce. An extremely tough run of fixtures has left the Hammers with just one win in twelve matches, and the man can hardly pick up a newspaper without reading speculation about his future at the club. The West Ham chairman have made it clear that a decision about Allardyce will be made at the close of the season – which is absolutely the right thing to do, as the 27 points we still have to fight for could make a massive difference to how successful Allardyce has been at club.

The heat on Sam’s future has intensified this week with rumours that Sunderland are interested in bringing Allardyce back up North after the sacking of Sunderland manager Gus Poyet. Whilst Sunderland have now appointed Dick Advocaat untill the end of the season, the jury is still out over what will happen regarding Allardyce’s career over the summer. After all, it’s not just about whether West Ham want him to stay – it’s also potentially Allardyce’s decision whether he wishes to stay with us or head to pastures anew (he has been committed to taking the team to the Olympic Stadium, but equally, he’d be an excellent choice for Sunderland.)

There have been plenty of names prematurely thrown into the ring to replace Big Sam, should he depart, and here’s a look at who we’ve been linked with and who fans are interested in seeing replace Allardyce – and also just how likely it is that these candidates could take the helm next season.
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  • jaybs says:

    I think Sam himself made his decision around Christmas, since then he seems to have little interest, he did his job git us promoted, just about kept us up last season, but his time is over!

    Perhaps last season was when he should gave left. But unfortunately our owners seemed to bottle it, pre season David Sullivan showed his commitment with some great signings, now we need the manager to take us to the next level, develop young hone grown players once more to restore us once again as The Academy.

  • JOHN TYLER says:

    I think you have forgotten one , the Marseille Manager, Bielsa I think his name is, wasn’t David Sullivan down that way in January, could have already organised it don’t you think.
    Sam is going and a new up and coming Manager will take the helm and guide us to the OS and the promised land of Europe.


  • Ken perry says:

    I think BFS’s selection and formation for the Arsenal game shows his lack of interest in our club and a desire to stick two fingers up to the Dave’s and the fans. Nolan…..really? O’Brien…….really? Where was Nene and Amalfitano? Yes he has had injury issues but that was a chance to bring in one of the youngsters in to play with experienced players. Then there were the substitutions. Noble off and keep Nolan on…..really? You just know that had Cole been fit he would have been brought on and not Nene. I think the club should put Allardice and McDonald on gardening leave and give the job to Sherringham until the end of the season. He will surely not do worse and may even inspire some better performances!

    • Boleyn44 says:

      Read TB recent book. Greenwood set the pattern for wonderful football with M.H.P….and others. Success…a a pass
      Except 3 trips to Wembly over 16 years….not bad a return for
      medium sized club. Greenwoods phantasy remains with many supporters..why God only knows. They have in turn championed a number of managers whose own playing experience covered the wide spectrum of football….blood and guts and high level skill. None were successful …why..lack of money. Managers with the support of open cheque book are almost guaranteed a place in Europe. Listen to the old adage and experience of an old codger who watched Sam Small oh and Len Goulden and be careful what you wish for!!!

  • James says:

    I’m still not convinced Allardyce will definitely be leaving in the summer.

    Don’t be surprised if he signs another 2 year deal. That will see him remain in charge going into the new stadium and G&S may see what shape we’re in then.

    The Chairmen may see it as too much of a risk getting rid of him so close the the OS move. Maybe in two years time we will be a little more established and in a better position to bring in a new manager.

  • richard says:

    Get klop before someone else does don’t keep going the cheap route,and then get rid of the s__t o brien Nolan and Carroll for starters etc,,,,,,,

  • Barry Hayes says:

    I’d like to see Alan Devonshire given a chance with, maybe, Sheringham and Alvin as his assistants.

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