After a poor second half of the season, West Ham United may be looking to replace Sam Allardyce at the end of the campaign. The Hammers, who have won just two Premier League games since Christmas, are lacking both confidence and motivation as the season draws to a close. Unfortunately for Big Sam, this slump means that a summer exit is looking very likely.
Luckily, West Ham earned enough points in the first half of the season to ensure that they wouldn’t be dragged into a relegation fight, but their performances have been significantly worse in recent months and many of the fans have had enough. We take a look at a few of the clubs that Allardyce could move to in the summer, and give our thoughts on the likelihood of these moves happening.
Although this is unlikely, there is an outside chance that Allardyce could return to St. James’ Park in the summer. Newcastle’s current boss, John Carver, has led the club to their worst ever Premier League run and supporters are calling for a change.
In his first tenure at the club, Big Sam left the club by mutual agreement – but that was while Freddy Shepherd was chairman. With a new regime and Mike Ashley at the helm, there is a possibility that the two could come to an agreement to bring Allardyce back to the club.
Steve Bruce has been under pressure for the majority of the campaign and the Tigers boss has also been linked with a move away from the club. The former Sunderland boss has been linked with a move to Newcastle on a number of occasions this season but nothing materialised.
However, with Carver under the cosh, there is now a genuine chance that Bruce could move – which would open up the Hull City job. Although this may not be Allardyce’s number one preference, his style of football could suit the Tigers and his managerial nous could help them to improve and climb the Premier League table.
In a similar way to Newcastle, Dick Advocaat has only been employed until the end of the season. This means that the managerial position at Sunderland may be available, but it is very unlikely that Allardyce would take the role if the Black Cats were relegated to the Championship.
However, if Sunderland manage to survive and they part ways with Advocaat, then there is a genuine possibility that Allardyce could take the head coach role at the Stadium of Light – despite the 60-year-old denying reports that he would be interested in the position. Sunderland have players that suit Big Sam’s preferred physical style of play, and this would probably be his favoured location of the three available clubs.