Allardyce to sign new West Ham deal
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is set to sign a new contract with the club following a strong first season back in the top flight.
Allardyce’s position at Upton Park has been the subject of speculation despite the London club’s relative success this term, but the 58-year-old has moved to quash any rumours of an impending departure, insisting he will pen a new deal in the coming days.
“I will be signing my contract very shortly. Early next week will be the right time,” Allardyce said.
“We are concentrating on Everton. But by early or next midweek I will be looking to put pen to paper.”
Paolo Di Canio’s departure from League One Swindon Town had led to suggestions the Italian would replace Allardyce at the end of the season.
However, Di Canio’s move to Sunderland back in March quelled any notion of that appointment taking place and Allardyce stressed the delay in his decision to renew his contract was caused by legal complications.
He added: “There were processes we had to go through and put it together in the right way, which it has now. I never thought there would be any problem – and there hasn’t.
“There has been some issue with the legal jargon in the contract which I couldn’t understand so that has to go to both sides’ lawyers to agree and then it gets signed.
“The size of a manager’s contract is pretty substantial in terms of responsibilities.”
Sat 11 May, 2013