Asked in his morning presser whether there had been any discussions Allardyce said: “Not yet. There’s still a way to go but we’ll talk when the time is right.”
And Cottee -talking exclusively to ClaretandHugh admitted: “I don’t get it – what are the owners waiting for? They are playing Russian roulette with the club.
“It’s not what’s right for them, Karren Brady, Sam Allardyce or anyone else but what’s best for West Ham United.
“I really don’t know what else Sam and Neil McDonald have to do to get a new deal. They have done everything required and this idea that the owners only do business at the end of the season is wrong.
“There are pre-season tours to be organised and why would Sam be interested if he isn’t sure whether he will be here.
“The fact is he is standing there with a fantastic record and nobody has made a move in his direction – I just don’t get it because there are plenty of clubs who will want Sam Allardyce .
“He keeps teams in the division and it’s desperately important we stay up next season and the one after that as our first in the new stadium.
“The owners need to get the deal done.”