West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has publicly thanked co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan for not sacking him during the Hammers’ tough spell over Christmas.

Before their heroic win over Cardiff last weekend, the East Londoners had won just once in their last ten games in all competitions and lost heavily away at Nottingham Forest and Manchester City in the space of four days.

However, Gold and Sullivan refused to bow to the pressure to sack Big Sam with the price of around £4million compensation too much for them.

At one stage last Saturday, the Hammers were bottom of the league but with a win at Cardiff they climbed out of the bottom three and now have striker Andy Carroll back fit as well as defenders James Collins and Winston Reid.

“The last couple of weeks were as difficult as any I have faced in my managerial career but I have to say the two co-chairmen — David Gold and David Sullivan — have been subject to more pressure than me,” Allardyce wrote in the Evening Standard.

“A lot of people have done their very best to persuade the co-chairmen to add my name to the list of managers sacked in this increasingly volatile world of the Premier League.

“Not many owners would have been as strong as them — most would have bowed to the unrelenting pressure — and I couldn’t be more appreciative of their firmness.

“Come the end of the season, the facts — where we finish — will decide.”

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