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May 9, 2014

Allardyce: 'Only time will tell' on future

Sam Allardyce says "only time will tell" if speculation that he is to be sacked after West Ham's final game of the season is true.

A section of West Ham supporters want Sam Allardyce to be removed as manager.
A section of West Ham supporters want Sam Allardyce to be removed as manager.

According to the Daily Telegraph, co-owner David Sullivan favours a change in manager while business partner David Gold is undecided. Vice-chairman Karren Brady is in support of keeping Allardyce at the helm.

But Allardyce said: "I heard rumours.

"The only thing I can say is I spoke to David Sullivan yesterday about arranging our usual end of the season meeting to go through the pre-season and budgets and what's going to happen and had no indication to my position being under threat.

"Speculation is part of the game. Whether it becomes a reality only time will tell."

Despite keeping West Ham in the Premier League, many fans have turned against Allardyce and his brand of football, which prioritises security over ambition. The former Bolton and Newcastle manager has persistently defended his achievements this season.

Sullivan even apologised to fans for West Ham's poor season at the end-of-season awards this week.

Meanwhile, Allardyce is concentrating on the final game of the season at Manchester City, who need just a point off his West Ham side to claim a second title in three years.

But Allardyce plans on spoiling the party at the Etihad.

"At this moment in time, from a neutral's point of view, I think everybody would like to see Liverpool win it.

"From a personal point of view, I'd like to see Steven Gerrard win it. It's the last thing he hasn't quite achieved for Liverpool and he's a one-club man.

"But obviously they've let it slip out of their hands."

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