Allardyce fired after crisis talks
David Gold, David Sullivan and Karen Brady
West Ham Football Club have today announced that they have parted company with manager Sam Allardyce. The news comes two weeks from the end of the season, where they finished 13th. Allardyce was criticised throughout the season by fans over the style of football played, and the crisis talks held by the the club's chairmen, David Gold and David Sullivan, have led to his dismissal.
Allardyce took over as manager in June 2011, after West Ham were relegated under Avram Grant, and he took the club straight back up via the playoffs in May 2012. Allardyce then began to bolster the squad at Upton Park, resigning a host of former players such as James Collins and George McCartney. They were a good side that season, finishing 10th under Allardyce. Allardyce then broke the club's transfer record to sign Andy Carroll for £15 million, who struggled with injury throughout the season. Allardyce struggled as well, and only a late season run of form saved them from the drop, eventually guiding them to 13th place.
Sam Allardyce looks on
David Gold had this to say: 'We are sad to see Sam leaving the club, but we now believe that we want to take a different step in the club's future, and have therefore parted ways. It has been a difficult year for the club, with Dylan Tombides dying of cancer, and Tony Carr announcing that he will leave after 37 years at the club, so we really appreciate the support the fans have given us throughout the year.'
Speculation continues over who will take over the job, with former Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis, as well as Neil Warnock being lined up. Fans have called for Tony Carr himself to take over, or club legend Paulo Di Canio to make a return.