Allardyce new Hammers boss?
London - Sam Allardyce is in line to be named as the new manager of West Ham and his appointment could be confirmed as soon as Wednesday according to several British media reports.
The Hammers sacked Avram Grant last month, barely an hour after the Israeli had presided over their relegation from the lucrative English Premier League.
If Allardyce does take over at the London club, it will be his first job since he was surprisingly sacked as manager of top-flight Blackburn Rovers in December.
And it would mean him becoming a boss of a club outside the Premier League for the first time in 10 years.
Allardyce began as a manager with spells at Blackpool and Notts County before making his reputation at Bolton Wanderers after taking them into the Premier League via the playoffs in 2001 and establishing them in the top tier of English football.
He then moved to a 'bigger' club when he joined Newcastle in 2007.
But the owners who appointed him sold up soon afterwards and he was sacked by Mike Ashley just six months into his time with the north-east side.
It was a similar story at Blackburn, where he took charge in December 2008 only to be dismissed not long after the club was sold to Venky's, an India-based poultry business.