Love him or loathe him (possibly the latter for some West Ham fans) Sam Allardyce’s Upton Park reign is set to continue until at least the first few games of the 2014/15 season.
However, Big Sam’s stay of execution as an east-ender came with a caveat.
In a club statement to supporters penned by owners David Gold and David Sullivan, they explained certain criteria must be met such as “insisting on improvements to the set-up of the playing and backroom staff to ensure the team provides more entertainment next season”.
Among other points aimed at reassuring disgruntled fans the pair went on to exclaim: “Although not everybody understands the West Ham way, we do and we respect it as we have been supporters all our lives.”
While we’re still not sure exactly what that means, here are three possible additions to bring back some entertainment factor to West Ham for next season.
The Norwich winger was a beacon of light in an otherwise dark and dismal season at Carrow Road.
The former Birmingham man proved himself to be one of the most adept dribblers in the Premier League and has the pace to frighten defenders.
Despite only joining Swansea from Liverpool 12 months ago and enjoying a strong first season in Wales, Shelvey has been linked with a move back to his home town.
He wasn’t a player signed by new boss Garry Monk either and although the Swans may be reluctant to let him go, Allardyce would be getting a definite entertainer with plenty of ability.
Re-integrating Ravel Morrison
Although Morrison is still technically a West Ham player anyway, Allardyce’s decision to farm such a promising talent out on loan to QPR in February only served to infuriate his detractors further.
The former Manchester United trainee has since dazzled at Loftus Road – where his current mob are 19/10 to win the Championship play-off finale against Derby – and if Sam were to welcome the 21-year-old back, it would be a very popular move indeed.
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