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Sam Allardyce signs new contract with West Ham

Sam Allardyce signs a two-year contract extension to remain with Hammers till 2015, co-owner David Gold has revealed

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has signed a new two-year contract that will see him remain at Upton Park until the summer of 2015, club co-owner David Gold has announced.

The Hammers boss has been the subject of much speculation in recent months as he neither confirmed nor denied that he would sign a new deal, maintaining that Premier League safety remained his prime focus.

However, with the Irons sitting mid-table in tenth and mathematically safe from relegation on 43-points, Allardyce has kept true to his word and has now secured his future with the East London club.

Taking to his personal twitter account, Gold posted: “I am delighted to announce that our manager Sam Allardyce has signed a new two year contract”.

The 58-year-old was appointed in 2011 and was given the task of leading West Ham back to the Premier League – which he achieved immediately via the play-offs. With top-flight safety at the forefront of Gold’s and co-owner David Sullivan’s minds, they will be delighted that ‘Big Sam’ has signed the new deal, and they can look to build on an impressive season.

Allardyce revealed on Friday that he expected to sign the new contract early next week, but it seems the deal has gone through sooner than he expected.

“"There were processes we had to go through and put it together in the right way, which it has now," Allardyce said on Friday. “I never thought there would be any problem - and there hasn't.

"There has been some issue with the legal jargon in the contract which I couldn't understand so that has to go to both sides' lawyers to agree and then it gets signed. The size of a manager's contract is pretty substantial in terms of responsibilities."