West Ham announce Sam Allardyce departure

PUBLISHED: 17:09 24 May 2015 | UPDATED: 18:31 24 May 2015

Sam Allardyce will not have his contract renewed at West Ham (pic: Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Sam Allardyce will not have his contract renewed at West Ham (pic: Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

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Sam Allarydce’s contract will not be renewed, West Ham announced just three minutes after their defeat at Newcastle.

The 2-0 away loss to Allardyce’s former club on Sunday afternoon was set to be followed by contract talks about the 60-year-old’s future at Upton Park.

But the Hammers’ Twitter account tweeted that their ‘search for a new manager’ has begun after ‘deciding not to renew to renew Sam Allardyce’s contract’.

They went on to reveal that a shortlist of replacements has already been put together by the board and funds are in place to back the new man.

“We would like to start by thanking Sam Allardyce for his valuable work since arriving at the Boleyn Ground four years ago,” a statement from joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold read.

“He leaves the club in a considerably better state then when he arrived and, for that, the board are truly grateful.

“However, we have made the decision not to renew his contract, so we now have the chance to appoint a new manager with a new philosophy to lead us into two of the most exciting years in our great club’s history.

“Our target is to recruit a manager that will build a team capable of saying a fitting farewell to the Boleyn Ground next year and do justice to the outstanding surrounds we will call home from August 2016.

“We have already been impressed with the quality of candidates that have expressed an interest in the role and fully expect to appoint a manager with the credentials to take this club on to new heights.”

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