March 19, 2015 13:49:26 UK
West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has cooled suggestions that he is being lined up to become the manager of Sunderland at the end of this season.
The 60-year-old former Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United manager is out of contract at Upton Park in the summer and is expected to leave the club after spending the last four years in the east end of London.
He has emerged as one of the favourites to be appointed at the Stadium of Light after the struggling Black Cats sacked Gus Poyet earlier this week and appointed Dick Advocaat on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Sunderland have moved very swiftly for a replacement which is giving them the best possible chance of improving their results.
West Ham play Sunderland, who are just one point above the bottom three and 2.50 to be relegated this season, on Saturday, with the Black Cats available at 13.00 to clinch a 1-0 victory at Upton Park.
When asked about the Sunderland link, Allardyce responded: “Pure speculation. I’m West Ham manager and I’m contracted to West Ham and don’t expect anything other than somewhere along the line we’ll be talking about a contract here.
“Sunderland have moved very swiftly for a replacement which is giving them the best possible chance of improving their results.
“It will be one of those for us that makes the game more difficult with a new manager coming in and the fact they lost 4-0 last week.
“I think the players of Sunderland will be very hurt by the fact they let their fans down and also be feeling like they’ve let Gus down and they’ll want to do something about it.”
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