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Allardyce shrugs off crisis talk and reveals transfer discussions with West Ham chiefs

West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

Friday, January 3, 2014
2:55 PM

Sam Allardyce has dismissed suggestions that he has held crisis talks with West Ham’s owners about his future at the club, saying they are instead focusing on their January transfer plans.

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The Hammers are 19th in the Premier League table after a first half of the season blighted with poor performances, injuries and suspensions.

West Ham slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Fulham on New Year’s Day and their lengthy injury list means Allardyce is preparing to include “seven or eight” Under-21 players in his squad to face Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

The pressure is on Allardyce to turn West Ham’s season around, but he insists his conversations with co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have been focused on transfers, not his future.

“I talk to the board members all the time, but what I say with them has nothing to do with you,” he said.

“What happens is internal with those people as far as I’m concerned, not what happens publicly.

“If it was a crisis position we are in they would come and sack me, the position we are in is that we are talking about bringing new players in to the football club and overcome the injuries we have got.

“In terms of support from David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady, at the moment when they are talking to me it is about positive action to try and help get ourselves get out of the situation we are in, which I’m very grateful for.”

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