Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has tipped West Ham to struggle next season suggesting the Irons just need to concentrate on surviving relegation from the Premier League.
“Anyone who’s going to be in that bottom half of the table next season will be happy just to stay up and that’s where I think they’ll be again. It’s so important to stay up next year, with the TV money that’s going to be coming in. The bottom 10 teams – and I put West Ham in that bracket too – just need to survive.” said Merson.
Speaking about Sam Allardyce’s departure at the end of the season Merson added:
“I don’t know. What is the West Ham way? We are talking 1960s when they had a really good team. It’s a big gamble. One thing you are assured of with Sam Allardyce is you get a top manager. They won’t get relegated if he was manager next season. They are not a shoo-in to stay up next season.”