Stay up or you're out! West Ham put contract talks with Allardyce on hold until summer
10:10 GMT, 30 September 2012
Sam Allardyce faces the sack at West Ham if he fails to keep the club in the Premier League.
The former Bolton boss is in the second season of his two-year deal and talks over a new contract are on hold until the Hammers' fate is known at the end of the campaign.
Allardyce led the club to promotion from the Championship via the play-offs last season and has side in tenth place in the Premier League ahead of Monday's short trip to face Queens Park Rangers.
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Allardyce is happy with the situation and accepts that should he fail to keep West Ham up, he will have little choice but to leave, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Harry Redknapp has been linked with a return to Upton Park but the club have no plans to replace Allardyce during the season.
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The 57-year-old is believed to earn 2million a year and will not be given a pay rise, even if West Ham excel in their first season back in the top flight.
He was rewarded for guiding the club to promotion in May with a six-figure bonus and is due another should he avoid relegation.