Sam Allardyce Will Reportedly Sign Extension to Manage West Ham

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22:  Sam Allardyce the West Ham United mananger looks on from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at the Boleyn Ground on December 22, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce will sign an extension to remain as coach of West Ham United of the English Premier League.

According to a report by David Kent of The Mail, club chairman David Gold confirmed that Allardyce would remain in charge despite the short time left for such an agreement to be made, based on the manager's contract situation:

Sam Allardyce is likely to stay at West Ham after his contract expires in six months' time, according to chairman David Gold.

With such a short period left on his current deal at Upton Park, there had been reports that Allardyce was ready to leave the east London club with talks for a new deal yet to commence.

Gold then took to his official Twitter page to throw his support toward Allardyce for staying with the club long-term.

Its highly likely that Sam will be with us next season. He likes us we like him. Thats a good basis for a on going relationship. dg

— David Gold (@DavidGoldWHU) December 29, 2012

It would be a well-deserved extension for the Irons' boss, who guided West Ham to the Premier League the hard way—by placing third in the Football League Championship and earning a promotion.

Since arriving in the EPL, Allardyce has guided the club to a promising start. At 12th place in the current table, the Hammers shouldn't be in danger of losing their place in the top English football league.

But there is work to do in light of West Ham's recent struggles. Allardyce's bunch has only won one of their past eight matches, which means massive changes are likely on the way at the January transfer window. Help on the attack will definitely be a priority, since the Hammers have found the back of the net just once in their three most recent EPL fixtures.

A managerial change won't be among the impending transactions for West Ham, though. It sounds as though Gold's endorsement for Allardyce as the manager for the foreseeable future is genuine due to their strong working relationship.

Check back here for more on Allardyce's contract situation as more information becomes available.