West Ham boss gives fresh contract update ahead of West Brom clash
PUBLISHED: 10:50 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:32 28 March 2013
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce hopes to agree a new contract “very shortly” but claims he may not put pen to paper until the Hammers are mathematically safe from relegation.
Allardyce’s future has been the subject on intense speculation in recent months but he has confirmed reports suggesting he is finally on the verge of a new deal.
The former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn boss says negotiations are still in progress but he remains confident that they are heading in the right direction.
“It is ongoing negotiations at this moment in time,” he said ahead of Saturday’s clash against West Brom.
“There is not just myself to consider, there are other matters when you’re the manager.
“We talk confidentially amongst ourselves and hopefully we’ll come to an agreement very shortly.”
West Ham are currently six points clear of the drop zone in 14th place and Allardyce maintains that his new deal is dependent on Premier League survival.
“I’m always going to be wanting to know that we’re safe [before signing a new contract],” he said.
“I suppose I could sign a contract before that that says if we get relegated I don’t get that contract anymore, but I don’t really want to do that.
“I want us to get safe and if the contract is already there and ready to sign then I’ll sign it and move on and get ready for next season.”
Allardyce believes 38 points will be enough to ensure survival but hopes the Hammers can surpass the 40-point mark in their nine remaining games.
“If we get to 38 points I think both parties would say that that’s going to be enough this season,” he said.
“Hopefully we can get to 38 points as quick as we can and try to finish the season with a few games left to even achieve more than 40 points.”
“It’s been a little disappointing recently, not from a contract point of view but from a results point of view, that we haven’t already clinched safety, because I think we should have done based on our performances.
“We all want to get this subject sorted and out of the way and hopefully focus on another season in the Premier League.”