West Ham United statement
The West Ham United Board have set out a clear way forward for the Club
under Sam Allardyce
West Ham United can confirm that manager Sam Allardyce will lead the Club
into the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season after constructive talks
with the Club's Board. The Board and Allardyce have held lengthy and
detailed discussions on the Club's direction, values and philosophy and a
positive way forward for next season has been agreed.
After listening to feedback from supporters, the Board have insisted on
improvements to the set-up of the playing and backroom staff to ensure the
team provides more entertainment next season.
The manager has agreed to recruit a new attacking coach to complement the
existing coaching set-up as well as an overhaul of the Club's scouting and
recruitment operation that will see the Board have a greater involvement in
the players who are signed, as the Board will once again be investing
considerable funds into the Club this summer. The Club have made clear that
they want to see progression on the pitch and at least a top-ten finish as a
West Ham United Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said: "We have
a very clear vision of how we want West Ham United to operate under our
joint ownership. Although not everybody understands the West Ham Way, we do
and we respect it as we have been supporters all our lives. We believe this
is about a philosophy that is not just about the style of play, but the
whole ethos that surrounds the Club.
"Sam was asked to give us a detailed presentation on his vision for next
season and during this he assured us that he can deliver that ethos to West
Ham United and we have agreed to support him with the resources that he
needs. We have mapped out a way forward with him that will ensure our
much-deserving fans have more to cheer about next season.
"We should also stress, though, that while improvements do need to be made,
Sam deserves credit for the job he has done thus far after securing
promotion in his first year and two respectable Premier League finishes in
the two years thereafter. We have also seen the likes of Mark Noble, James
Tomkins and Winston Reid all make huge progress under his management, which
in turn contributed to our impressive record of 14 clean sheets last season.
"The truly historic opportunity of a move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016
forms a major part of our five-year strategy to take this Club forward and,
while we have a duty to make sure we stay in the Premier League, we also
want to make sure the performances on the pitch will befit a team playing in
such a world-renowned stadium.
"We are absolutely committed to taking West Ham United to new heights and we
want to see the Club continue on an upward trajectory next season. The
2014/15 campaign is crucial to our future and we are confident that Sam has
the passion, experience and determination to make sure it is a success."
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce said: "I look forward to taking the
Club forward and improving the squad for next season to try and achieve the
plans we have set out in our very productive meeting last week."
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