When your manager has never felt at ease in his position, and his contract is running out at season’s end, it behoves you to take swift, effective action. Either you renew his contract, or you ensure a replacement is secured in time. What you shouldn’t do, in your privileged position in charge of a Premier League football club, is dither haplessly, hurting the team as a result. But that’s just what the powers that be at West Ham have managed to do, and Sam Allardyce’s contract stagnation remains, hanging around like a bad smell. Will he be there next season? Does he want to be? For Outside90.com, I asked these questions.
As it stands, Sam Allardyce is the West Ham manager. For this season’s final six matches, he will take his place on the sideline, surveying the efforts of his lot. He will almost certainly shout until he’s red (or at least redder) in the face, he might point a little, here or there, and he may well look up at the Boleyn Ground and ponder quietly to himself.