London - Sam Allardyce's departure from West Ham United was anticipated by
the former Newcastle and Bolton boss and he insisted after the game that it was
mutual decision not to sign a new contract.
Allardyce's departure was widely expected after months of speculation that the east London team's owners were looking for a new boss.
The 60-year-old took over at Upton Park in 2011, but was always unpopular with Hammers supporters due to his long-ball tactics.
"I knew it was coming and I have no problem with it. I've had
the discussion with the owners," Allardyce said.
"I wasn't going to sign a contract so we both agreed it was
probably the right time to move on.
"I've had a great four seasons here and really enjoyed the
opportunity of managing a great club like West Ham.
"The opportunity to be in London and manage that club has
been a great pleasure. I've really enjoyed it and I've done everything they've
asked of me.
"We got in the Premier League and stayed there comfortably
over the last three seasons and the squad is good enough to get better and
Allardyce's last game in charge was a 1-0 loss away at Newcastle, a result which kept the Magpies in the Premier League at the expense of Hull City.