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Sam stays - official

Filed: Tuesday, 20th May 2014
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United have released a statement with view to Sam Allardyce's position as manager of the club.

Following lengthy discussions in two board meeting both last week and earlier today, Allardyce has been informed that he is being retained in order to see out the final year of his current contract, which expires next summer.

However some much-needed changes were also being implemented as a result of discussions between the two parties - including the recruitment of a new attacking coach.

David Gold, speaking via whufc.com said: " "We have a very clear vision of how we want West Ham United to operate under our joint ownership. Although not everybody understands the West Ham way, we do and we respect it as we have been supporters all our lives. We believe this is about a philosophy that is not just about the style of play, but the whole ethos that surrounds the Club.

"Sam was asked to give us a detailed presentation on his vision for next season and during this he assured us that he can deliver that ethos to West Ham United and we have agreed to support him with the resources that he needs. We have mapped out a way forward with him that will ensure our much-deserving fans have more to cheer about next season.

"We should also stress, though, that while improvements do need to be made, Sam deserves credit for the job he has done thus far after securing promotion in his first year and two respectable Premier League finishes in the two years thereafter. We have also seen the likes of Mark Noble, James Tomkins and Winston Reid all make huge progress under his management, which in turn contributed to our impressive record of 14 clean sheets last season.

"The truly historic opportunity of a move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016 forms a major part of our five-year strategy to take this Club forward and, while we have a duty to make sure we stay in the Premier League, we also want to make sure the performances on the pitch will befit a team playing in such a world-renowned stadium.

"We are absolutely committed to taking West Ham United to new heights and we want to see the Club continue on an upward trajectory next season. The 2014/15 campaign is crucial to our future and we are confident that Sam has the passion, experience and determination to make sure it is a success."

Reaction to the news of Allardyce's arrival has been met with disappointment by his detractors and relief from those who believed that given his three-year record, he should be allowed to continue his work at the club.

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