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Big Sam told he is out of job just seconds after the final whistle

West Ham aren’t renewing the 60-year-old’s contract and released a statement announcing the news this afternoon.

Allardyce has been with the Hammers since 2011.
Allardyce has been with the Hammers since 2011.
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WEST HAM ARE in the market for a new manager after deciding not to renew Sam Allaryce’s contract.

The Hammers, who lost 2-0 to Newcastle United to finish 12th in the Premier League table, announced the news just three minutes after the final game of the season had ended.

Allardyce has been at the London club the past four years and won promotion from the Championship in his first season. However, the former Bolton boss has been sacked after a reported falling out with owners David Gold and David Sullivan.

“We would like to start by thanking Sam Allardyce for his valuable work since arriving at the Boleyn Ground four years ago,” the statement reads.

“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.”

Former West Ham player Slaven Bilic is the early favourite to replace Allardyce.

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