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.