Sam Allardyce will not be staying at West Ham next season after the club confirmed his contract has not been renewed.
Speculation had surrounded the Hammers boss’ future after what started as a promising season soon turned into a disappointing one.
But the club have now confirmed they will begin the search for a new boss this summer.
And that news was revealed just minutes after Allardyce and West Ham lost 2-0 to Newcastle at St James’ Park today.
A statement from owners David Sullivan and David Gold read:
We would like to start by thanking Sam Allardyce for his valuable work since arriving at the Boleyn Ground four years ago.
He leaves the Club in a considerably better state then when he arrived and, for that, the Board are truly grateful.
However, we have made the decision not to renew his contract, so we now have the chance to appoint a new manager with a new philosophy to lead us into two of the most exciting years in our great Club’s history.
Our target is to recruit a manager that will build a team capable of saying a fitting farewell to the Boleyn Ground next year and do justice to the outstanding surrounds we will call home from August 2016.
We have already been impressed with the quality of candidates that have expressed an interest in the role and fully expect to appoint a manager with the credentials to take this Club on to new heights.
From our point of view there isn’t a more exciting job in the Premier League at present.
A number of names have already been linked with replacing Allardyce, including Jurgen Klopp, Rafa Benitez and David Moyes.