With his contract whittled down to its final few months and much more speculative talk of who’ll replace him as opposed to an extension of his current deal, Sam Allardyce’s days in the West Ham dugout look numbered.
Seeing the promotion-winning coach depart will be greeted with glee by the bulk of Hammers fans, who have bemoaned his pragmatic approach to the beautiful game throughout the entirety of his three-year tenure.
A coach with more a more glamorous outlook is what they crave, with names such as Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe linked with the post.
Allardyce has found himself touted for the Sunderland job this weekend, but, assuming he does leave West Ham, what does the future hold?
It’s obvious why the Black Cats have taken a liking to the Hammers tactician, with their perennial position on the cusp of relegation seemingly one they’ve grown tired of.
But would ensuring Sunderland’s survival year on year appeal to Allardyce?
The money would likely be good, but the prospects of success would be zero and the same grievances would have to be dealt with in the north east when the Wearsiders started taking a place in mid-table safe haven for granted and yearned for a more expansive style of play.
It wouldn’t be the most outrageous insinuation to suggest the chance to manage at one of the country’s big guns is gone for the 60-year-old.
European climes may appeal as they did to David Moyes at Real Sociedad, while the MLS has also been touted.
Pursuing such an avenue may seem a shade on the rash side, but a manager of Allardyce’s experience and reputation would command one of the most coveted jobs in United States soccer, presenting him with a previously unpermitted opportunity to compete for honours.
The gravitas winning such prizes carries isn’t quite in the same category as those awarded for hoisting those on the other side of the pond, but surely some trophies in the cabinet at the end of an otherwise relatively successfully career are better than none?
Similarly, the chance to coach ageing legends such as Kaka must also hold a certain appeal, as would the lifestyle.
The nose-upturning preconceptions about his tactics are also unlikely to surface in the US either where his payday will also likely be much larger.