Hammers part ways with Big Sam!
West Ham United have confirmed that Sam Allardyce will leave his position as manager, after deciding not to renew his current contract.
The 60-year-old was due to find out his fate on Monday, but following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat away at Newcastle United, the club revealed via their Twitter account – that Allardyce’s deal would not be renewed, minutes after the final whistle.
Having taken over at the helm in the summer of 2011, Allardyce led the Hammers to promotion back to the top-flight, via the play-offs in 2012.
Despite guiding West Ham to three consecutive campaigns in the Premier League, few will be surprised at the announcement, given recent speculation over his future in East London.
Allardyce achieved a 12th place finish in the league standings in his final season in charge, but the Hammers will now look for a different approach, with the move to the Olympic Stadium on the horizon.
In a statement by co-chairmen, David Gold and David Sullivan, the pair revealed that the search is now on to recruit a new manager.
“He leaves the Club in a considerably better state then when he arrived and, for that, the Board are truly grateful.“However, we have made the decision not to renew his contract, so we now have the chance to appoint a new manager with a new philosophy to lead us into two of the most exciting years in our great Club’s history.“Our target is to recruit a manager that will build a team capable of saying a fitting farewell to the Boleyn Ground next year and do justice to the outstanding surrounds we will call home from August 2016.
“We have already been impressed with the quality of candidates that have expressed an interest in the role and fully expect to appoint a manager with the credentials to take this Club on to new heights.
Who next for West Ham?
In recent weeks, the likes of David Moyes and their former defender Slaven Bilic, have both been touted as potential names in the frame for the vacant hot-seat at Upton Park.
Gold and Sullivan could also turn to Steve McClaren, after recent reports suggest that Rafael Benitez is likely to take over at Real Madrid.
By Ben Reardon