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Billy Davies, Harry Redknapp or Slaven Bilic could replace Sam Allardyce if West Ham sack their manager

Davies is believed to be on the club's radar after he guided Nottingham Forest to a 5-0 FA Cup win over the Hammers last Sunday

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll is yet to play for the club since completing his £15m move from Liverpool

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The England international has not featured at all this season since making his move to Upton Park permanent

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Sam Allardyce welcomes backing from West Ham owners

David Sullivan and David Gold published an open letter yesterday

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West Ham attempt to track down young fan with VIP offer after 5-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest left boy in tears

Hammers are doing their best to keep the magic of the cup alive despite crashing out in the most spectacular fashion

The Sport Matrix: Monday 6 January 2014

Cook ‘desperate’ to lead the rebuilding of England side

Jamie Paterson (centre) celebrates with Djamel Abdoun (right) and Henri Lansbury (left) as he scores Nottingham Forest's second against West Ham
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Stewart Downing up for the cups to spark West Ham revival

Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.

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Sam Allardyce’s hard-luck stories are wearing as thin as West Ham's defence

Sam Allardyce has long seen himself as one of football’s innovators, a groundbreaker at Bolton and now pushing the boundaries at West Ham. The man who dabbled with sending out a striker-less side in the first part of the season began the New Year by ushering an XI out of the away dressing room at Craven Cottage on Wednesday without a single centre-half.

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