Allardyce appointed by Hammers

Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold have turned to the
former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn boss to guide them to
promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Allardyce replaces Avram Grant, who was axed minutes after West
Ham’s relegation was sealed by a 3-2 defeat at Wigan a week before
the end of the season. “It’s a fantastic club with a great
tradition and loyal supporters,” said Allardyce. “I am determined
to get this club back up.” Allardyce, who has been out of work
since his surprise sacking by Blackburn’s new owners in December,
has reportedly been offered a huge bonus if the Hammers are
promoted next term. The appointment will not be met with much
enthusiasm with many West Ham fans turned off by his direct style
of play. But Sullivan and Gold have opted for pragmatism over
sentiment with Allardyce having taken Bolton from the Championship
into Europe during his spell at the Reebok Stadium. Allardyce added
on the club’s official website: “I wouldn’t have taken this job if
I didn’t think we could bounce straight back into the Premier
League. “More than that, I wouldn’t have contemplated the job if I
didn’t think there was the opportunity to build something
substantial at West Ham. “I know there will be West Ham fans asking
whether I’m going to abandon the style of play that’s been the
club’s heritage over the years. “All I’ll say is it will be a tale
of home and away. At Upton Park we’ll try to play the kind of game
the fans want. “We will aim to continue in the same way on our
travels but we’ll also be tough, hard to beat and utterly
resilient.” Allardyce admits he is unlikely to be able to prevent
an exodus of the club’s best players. Goalkeeper Robert Green,
striker Carlton Cole and player of the year Scott Parker are all
expected to quit Upton Park over the summer. “That’s probably going
to be the case for financial reasons,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.
“When a club is relegated it’s a massive loss of revenue and you
have to adjust. “But for me, whatever happens, the basis is there
of a very good squad and some good young players.” On the future of
England midfielder Parker, he added: “I don’t know yet, we’ll have
to wait and see. From a distance it looks very difficult, but there
is no indication of any bids for Scott yet.” Allardyce confirmed he
has brought in Neil MacDonald, his assistant at Bolton and
Blackburn, to the backroom staff.