No ‘givens’ on new Allardyce deal

SDavid Sullivan and David Gold’s practice of leaving manager contract negotiations until the end of the season could see them involved in complicated talks should they opt to offer the manager a new deal.

ClaretandHugh has revealed previously  that  several factors will affect the decision on whether Sam Allardyce will be invited to stay on as club boss.

These  include not only final league position, but the team’s performance in the FA Cup, the continuation of attacking football and fan satisfaction.

However, whilst the board’s agenda is well known, there are always two sides to talks as is being shown in the Winston Reid saga.

So this will not be a case of West Ham’s owners making an offer and the manager gleefully accepting, should that be how it works out.

Sam Allardyce – who employs Mark Curtis as his agent – was the world’s 13th best paid manager when the last survey was done – which points to the tough negotiating stance his side invariably adopts.

Currently he’s believed to be on a contract worth £2.9 million a year including bonuses and should he fulfill all the criteria clearly being demanded of him, a hefty rise could be sought.

Thus some serious wheeling and dealing is in the pipeline with an additional issue being the possibility of the board wanting him to accept a one year rolling contract even if they accept his demands.

This is very much a two way street and with many variables thrown in along the way nobody should see anything as a ‘given.’

Indeed David Sullivan – when questioned directly on the subject by Sky News – declared: “Well, Sam could be manager of Manchester United couldn’t he?”

It was presumably said in jest but he was clearly making what be believes is a point about nothing ever being as straightforward as it may seem”


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “No ‘givens’ on new Allardyce deal

  1. I’ve never been a fan of BFS so wouldn’t shed any tears if he were to go – the whole Mark Curtis thing where he is the Managers Agent plus several of the players has always struck me as a dangerous thing – there must be a conflict of interests/loyalties between the Club, the Manager and the Players.

    I think it would be better if the Manager were represented by the League Managers Association and all loyalties to the Players Agent would be broken.

    Anyway, this is unlikely to happen but I would like to see a younger, more progressive Manager come in – like Eddie Howe from Bournemouth.

  2. Allardyce wasn’t won a thing that n 25 years so why and how is he worth his current salary let alone ridiculous claims for a rise.get rid and invest in a manager with a future .

  3. When asked if Allardyce would be the manager to lead the club into the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season,
    Sullivan added: “In all probability but he might be the manager of Manchester United or the manager of England, anything is possible in football.”

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