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Allardyce made to wait over West Ham future

ESPN staff
May 13, 2014
Sam Allardyce's future will be decided by May 23 © PA Photos

Sam Allardyce will discover whether he will remain as West Ham manager within the next 10 days, according to reports.

Allardyce held talks with co-owner David Sullivan at his house on Tuesday, with Sullivan's business partner David Gold and club chief executive Karren Brady also present.

According to reports, a decision on whether to keep or dismiss Allardyce will be made in the next seven to 10 days, with a deadline of May 23 being set.

West Ham laboured to a 13th place finish in the Premier League this season and ended the campaign just seven points above the drop zone.

Despite securing another season of top-flight football, a majority of the club's fans have turned against Allardyce and his brand of football and have been increasingly vociferous with their protests.

Allardyce was long been aware of the rumours surrounding his position and the fans' persistent criticism of his style, but maintained he had no prior indication that his future as manager had been under threat.

The West Ham board were thought to be split over the Allardyce's future, with the Daily Telegraph having previously reported that Sullivan favoured a change while Gold had been undecided. Brady was thought to be in support of keeping Allardyce at the helm.

The Sun claimed the club's owners were unhappy with the 59-year-old's signings and quoted a club source saying: "This is not a club that can afford to pay those sort of prices without getting real value and therefore the board will be taking more control."

Sullivan also apologised to fans for the West Ham's poor season at their recent end-of-season awards dinner, which put Allardyce's future in further doubt.

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