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Apr 15, 2013

Allardyce predicts Premier survival

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is confident he will be at the helm of the club nest season after predicting the club was now safe from Premier League relegation.

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West Ham eked out another relegation survival performance on Saturday, coming from behind to secure a 1-1 draw away to Southampton.

And Allardyce said that with a raft of home fixtures on the horizon, the club's future, linked with his own, was starting to look bright.

"I wouldn't be here if we weren't playing in the Premier League next season," Allardyce said. "I always said if I don't keep them up, I won't stay. We're very close to being mathematically okay.

"I think it's highly unlikely with four home games in the last six that we're not going to pick more points up.

"We are going to be safe and playing in the Barclays Premier League next season so my planning will be done as quickly as possible and we'll get on to the contract, which I'm sure I'm going to sign."

And with Allardyce assuring Premier League football for another season, the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn manager said he can start to plan contract talks with a host of players.

"We have Andy and the other loan players - Marouane Chamakh, Emmanuel Pogatetz," Allardyce said.

"We have all the out-of-contract players like Gary O'Neil and Carlton Cole so we'll sit down as quickly as we can at the end of the season and make decisions like that."

Another player whose future is yet to be decided, goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, has said he would wait until the end of the season before activating a one-year extension in his contract.

"When I first came here I signed a contract that if we stay up I would stay on so there's nothing to sign," Jaaskelainen said.

"I'm happy but we're obviously not over there yet - staying up. So I don't really have to do anything about it apart form make sure we stay up.

"It was always going to be difficult when you've had 14-and-a-half years at one football club and you're wondering what's going to happen but I've really enjoyed it.

"Big Sam was the reason why I wanted to come here.

"When he gave me the phone call straight away I thought it would be fantastic to play with him again because I know what kind of stuff he does with his players."

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