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West Ham close in on Allardyce

Harry Harris, ESPNsoccernet
May 28, 2011
Sam Allardyce could be set to take the West Ham manager's job © Getty Images

West Ham are set to install Sam Allardyce as their new manager, as they come to terms with life in the Championship next season.

The Hammers have been searching for a new boss since deciding to axe manager Avram Grant as soon as relegation was confirmed with a 3-2 defeat to struggling Wigan in the penultimate game of the season.

Cardiff boss Dave Jones and former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill were linked to the Upton Park role - with O'Neill believed to be the favourite choice of the board - but ESPNsoccernet has been told by a West Ham insider that the deal for Allardyce is "90% done" after the club interviewed two British managers.

Allardyce, 56, was sacked by new Blackburn Rovers owners Venky's in December last year and has not managed since. However, if he accepts the Hammers role, he could double the £1.5 million salary he enjoyed while at Ewood Park.

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