The Daily Star have exclusively revealed that West Ham are not planning to offer Sam Allardyce a new contract at the club despite the Irons’ excellent form this season.
Yet, after narrowly avoiding the chop in the summer, it’s arguably the Dudley-born dugout doyen who should be the keener of the pair to dissolve the relationship.
Allardyce began the campaign as favourite in the sack-race betting, with the board having made little secret of the fact that they concurred with fans’ disgruntlement over the team’s style of play.
Since then he has steered the eastenders on a concerted run of good form that has outlasted the far more lauded streak of fellow unlikely top-four botherers Southampton, playing the kind of attractive football that few would’ve deemed him capable of instilling in his charges.
He’s now 100/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
‘Big Sam’ remains 2/5 to be manager of West Ham for their first game of the 2015/16 season, yet after four seasons in the Boleyn Ground hotseat he may owe it to himself to move on.
In his three campaigns at the club he earned promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking, secured top-flight survival and avoided succumbing to second-season syndrome.
Each of those sizeable achievements was accomplished against a background of near-constant derision over the style of play the Irons utilised in doing so.
Prior to his brief ill-fated spell at Newcastle, Allardyce was widely viewed as one of a handful of managers worthy of consideration for the England job.
Were he to leave West Ham at the end of this season he would do so with his reputation restored to a similar level or, if anything, burnished by the exciting football the Irons have been playing in 2014/15.
What better time to give himself a break and take one of the many numerous jobs that seem destined to be available in the summer be it at Liverpool, Tottenham or Aston Villa?