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Allardyce given backing by West Ham chairmen

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2014 at 8:33 am •  Published: January 6, 2014

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will not be joining the growing list of coaches to lose their jobs in the Premier League — for the time being, at least.

The club's co-chairmen published an open letter on West Ham's website on Monday, expressing their confidence that Allardyce is the man to save the team from relegation from the Premier League.

West Ham is currently next-to-last in the league after more than half the campaign, and the pressure grew on Allardyce following an embarrassing 5-0 loss to second-tier club Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

However, David Sullivan and David Gold said in their letter that Allardyce "has not lost his ambition or desire and is committed to making West Ham United a great Premier League club."

"We have experienced difficult times before and we know what will get us results — hard work, determination and perseverance," the letter read. "To that end, we are all working round the clock to do everything in our powers to help arrest our slump in form."

Of the current bottom five teams in the Premier League, only West Ham hasn't changed managers so far this season. A total of six managers in the top division have been fired or have resigned since September.

Allardyce's squad is beset by injury, with leading striker Andy Carroll yet to play this season. West Ham's squad and style of play is built around Carroll, who joined from Liverpool for 15.5 million pounds (then $24.25 million) in June after a successful loan spell last season.

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