Allardyce relaxed over new West Ham contract

first_img1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists he is relaxed about the prospect of being offered a new contract at the club despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season.Allardyce led the Hammers to promotion from the Championship two years ago and the team have enjoyed an excellent start to their third campaign in the top flight, sitting fourth in the Premier League table.The team’s form, boosted by the arrival of a number of impressive summer signings, will be particularly satisfying for the boss, who was criticised by fans last season and appeared to have been ordered to impose a more attractive style of play by club co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan in a statement from the pair earlier this year.Allardyce signed a two-year extension to his contract in May 2013 but the former Bolton manager is happy to wait before committing his future again.“The conversations are the same as they were in the first year in the Premier League – we’ll see how the season progresses and when the time is right,” he said.“If it has progressed to a certain level that they want to offer me a new contract, that’s fine.“At my age it doesn’t particularly worry me a great deal. Contracts are made and broken in the entire football industry – it doesn’t mean anything like it used to because a long or short contract doesn’t protect you.“It’s a winning culture you need – if you continue to win, you improve the club.”West Ham’s strong start owes much to the form of their summer signings who have adjusted quickly to the pace of the English top flight.Diafra Sakho has scored five goals in as many games but the likes of Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate, Alex Song and Aaron Cresswell have all made valuable contributions.“Is this the best team I’ve had here? It looks like it,” Allardyce added.“It’s been a big bonus with the new players hitting the ground running, producing quality form straight away.“Every new signing has made a really good contribution – it’s lifted the rest of the team, increased the quality and energy.“We have a good environment. My early days with Bolton taught me not to just think about the player – think about the family and how you integrate them into the culture.“It’s hard to do, particularly if they don’t speak English well. That’s been one help we’ve had – the environment here is a happy one and one where everyone is accepted.”last_img

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