- Reports in today’s Daily Telegraph claim that in the unlikely event of West Ham offering him a contract extension when his current deal runs out in the summer, boss Sam Allardyce will not be signing it.
The Hammers are alleged to have failed in pursuits to land their three top managerial targets; Jurgen Klopp, David Moyes and Eddie Howe, prompting them to invite Big Sam in for a natter about elongating his stay by another two years.
Apparently irked at the gall of his superiors, Allardyce subsequently refused to accept the club’s olive branch and is now almost certain to walk away from Upton Park after three years in the job.
So strong is the belief that he’ll leave, bwin go just 7/50 that he’s in charge of the claret and blue club come the first day of next season, as opposed to 4/1 about him still being at the helm.
It’s thought Allardyce has two offers on the table for next season; one from a club in England, one from an outfit based abroad.
Fulham are rumoured to be his domestic option, but another west London outfit is surely a more tantalising prospect.
QPR are expected to announce Chris Ramsey will retain his seat in the manager’s office next term, but in recent days the first signs of doubt about whether this will be the case have begun to surface. His own quotes on the situation seemed to reflect this stance:
“I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t get the job but football is a very funny game.”
Overseeing the club’s relegation, of which he had half a season to stave off, is a pretty prominent factor as to why Ramsey should be overlooked, as is the mid-term plight of Norwich in this year’s Championship.
They opted to persist with promoted coach Neil Adams who took the club into the second-tier, before sacking him in January.
A poor return in the autumn of just two wins in 12 league games was undoubtedly the decisive factor behind the Canaries’ axe wielding, with the downturn in form eventually costing them an automatic return to the Premier League.
Such follies should act as a warning for the R’s, who need a proven promotion-winner to ensure they return to the top-flight next term.
West Ham followed this blueprint upon their 2011/12 relegation to the Championship, appointing Allardyce whose experience, coupled with the strength of the Irons’ squad, proved the perfect compound for a successful season.
QPR are faced with a similar situation to their east London counterparts and turning to the rotund tactician is sure to reap rewards.
In giving Harry Redknapp the job in 2012/13, the Super Hoops’ maligned decision-makers displayed their awareness that a seasoned hand is required to steer the ship in times of difficulty, making Allardyce a far superior alternative to Ramsey.
The switch suits the ex Bolton and Blackburn gaffer too; not only would it present him with a realistic chance of adding to the three promotions on his CV, the move would mean he wouldn’t need to relocate from his capital dwelling and his free-agent status will enable him to squeeze a fatter pay check from the QPR mint.