English Premiership

Allardyce saw the exit coming

2015-05-25 12:22
Sam Allardyce (AFP)

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 better now."

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.

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