West Ham United are understood to have decided they will sack Sam Allardyce at the end of the season

Sam Allardyce will be sacked at the end of the season, according to reports. Picture: Action Images

Sam Allardyce will be sacked at the end of the season, according to reports. Picture: Action Images

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce will be sacked at the end of the season despite keeping the club in the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail.

The 59-year-old saw his Hammers side secure their Premier League status for a third season with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but is still believed to be on the verge of leaving the club.

Victory over Spurs means the highest the Hammers can finish is 12th place, regardless of their result on the final day of the season when they face the daunting prospect of a trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Allardyce came under increasing pressure earlier in the season after the Irons failed to build on a bright start to the new campaign.

Two Premier League wins between October and February saw a clamour for Allardyce to be removed from his position, but the club's owners - Davids Gold and Sullivan - did not see fit to sack the former Bolton and Blackburn boss.

Their faith in Allardyce was rewarded when the Hammers went on a run of four consecutive Premier League victories, beating Swansea, Aston Villa, Norwich and Southampton to pull themselves clear of the drop zone.

However, the season has still been something of a disappointment, with the Hammers just seven points above the bottom three.

Significant investment in the squad has not furthered Allardyce's cause, with the owners sanctioning a £20m spend on Liverpool outcasts Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing in order to improve on last season's tenth-place finish.

A recent fans' poll asking whether or not Allardyce should be sacked or not saw 77.95 per cent of nearly 13,000 supporters voting in favour of parting company with the Dudley-born boss.

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2:02pm Fri 9 May 14

creepaul says...

"Victory over Spurs means that the Hammers will finish the season in 12th place, regardless of their result on the final day of the season" whoever wrote this needs to check their facts by my calculations west ham if they lose could finish as low as 15th depending on other results.
"Victory over Spurs means that the Hammers will finish the season in 12th place, regardless of their result on the final day of the season" whoever wrote this needs to check their facts by my calculations west ham if they lose could finish as low as 15th depending on other results. creepaul
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