Forget West Ham, this is the challenge Big Sam needs

Sam Allardyce seems to be the only person who still thinks he will be West Ham manager next season.

The 60-year-old is adamant he does not want to leave Upton Park and told reporters: “There is only one thing that needs to be sorted out here and that is me sitting down with the owners when they are ready to talk about me being at West Ham and nowhere else.”

Allardyce has previously led the Hammers to 9th place in the Premier League, but there have been rumours since January that he is not wanted at the club despite all his efforts.

Throughout his time at the club, the English manager has starred in his fair share of controversies, whether it has been down to his playing style or his personal opinions, and many Hammers fans have had enough. As the season has progressed the “Allardyce Out” army has been growing in sound and numbers, and with his contract ending in the summer it looks like they will get their way.

Sunderland are currently fighting to stay above the drop zone in the Premier League and have definitely had a season they will want to forget. Interim boss Dick Advocaat hasn’t been able to improve the side since he took over from Gus Poyet in March and he looks set to be straight back out of the door come May.

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The Black Cats are targeting Big Sam to take over as they look to bounce back from an inconsistent few years for the club and are looking for performances that will win them games.

Allardyce needs to stop trying to kid himself. Whether he wants to stay or not it is clear everyone else attached to West Ham believes it is time for him to move on. Why does he want to manage a club where he is not appreciated?

Big Sam may not play the most beautiful football and he may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but he gets results and right now that is what Sunderland need. The two could be the perfect fit waiting to happen – like Tom and Jerry, Bill and Ben or Fergie and Man United.

Sunderland have been so inconsistent that fans of the Black Cats just want to see them win whether they are playing beautiful football or not, and Allardyce has the manner to add confidence and a belief back into a team of very deflated players.

Heads are down at Sunderland and they need to get ready to fight. If they stay in the Premier League they need to show next season what they are made of. While Allardyce may not be appreciated at his current club, he could be worshiped in the North East if he turns around the results.

It’s time for Big Sam to think about his reputation. While it is admirable that he wants to finish the job he started, it is not right that his efforts are not appreciated.

Sunderland are offering him a way out, and he should accept it.