West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he was always likely to sign a new deal at Upton Park and is now focused on the club’s future.
Allardyce penned a new two-year contract ahead of Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Everton to end any lingering speculation he would move on in the summer.
‘Big Sam’ says he always thought he would sign an extension to stay on as Hammers boss and he’s now looking forward to the summer, when he intends to tweak his squad rather than oversee a major overhaul.
“I am very pleased about signing my new contract but I wasn’t expecting that it was ever going to be a problem,” Allardyce told the club’s official website.
“There was a lot of speculation but it’s over and done with now and we can concentrate on building for a new season.”
In terms of his summer transfer plans, the boss admitted he doesn’t want to alter the look of his squad too much and is instead seeking minor improvements before the action resumes in August.
“I hope there will be single figures in terms of players coming in, unlike the double figures or beyond,” he added. “It will bring us more stability but I’ve got to choose the right player to make us better for next season and not think about standing still, even though we have had a fantastic season this season.”
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