Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v West Ham

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Ashton Gate

Last Game

Bristol C 0 - 1 West Ham

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 14:00

The FA Cup Fourth Round

West Ham boss looks to future

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce says he is already planning for the next Premier League season after signing his new contract, but that he will not be making wholesale changes to his playing squad.

Last Updated: 13/05/13 at 15:45 Post Comment

Sam Allardyce: Looking to 2013/14 season

Sam Allardyce: Looking to 2013/14 season

The Hammers boss was left deflated following Sunday's 2-0 league defeat at Everton, but preferred to look to the future after signing his two-year deal at the weekend.

"I am very pleased about signing my new contract but I wasn't expecting that it was ever going to be a problem," Allardyce told the club's official website.

"There was a lot of speculation but it's over and done with now and we can concentrate on building for a new season.

"Really, trying to get better is our main priority, of course. I hope there will be less business to be done as there has been over my first two years.

"I hope there will be single figures in terms of players coming in, unlike the double figures or beyond.

"It will bring us more stability but I've got to choose the right player to make us better for next season and not think about standing still, even though we have had a fantastic season this season."

The 58-year-old was conscious though that his side would have to rediscover the outstanding away form they showed during his first season at the helm if they are to improve in 2013/14.

"It has gone to plan," he added. "One disappointing thing this season, for me, has been away from home. We've gone back to the old West Ham syndrome where it's very difficult to go away and play away from home and win.

"We've not found that to be very easy at all this season. We have managed to win three away from home and we have got some very good draws at Liverpool and Southampton when we needed them.

"At the end of the day, our players played like they had the sun and the beach in their minds. They played like they were on their holidays before they really are.

"The buoyant Everton were always going to come out all guns blazing and we had to match that, but of course we didn't find the tempo and time to contend with Everton's very good play and they deserved to win."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: FA charges Chelsea striker Diego Costa over 'stamp' on Liverpool's Emre Can

The FA have charged Chelsea striker Diego Costa with violent conduct over his clash with Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

Transfer news: Arsenal complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel on a long-term deal, for an undisclosed fee.

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell

Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan.

Mail Box

Erm... Balotelli To QPR..?

It's an afternoon Mailbox that offers the reaction to the reaction, with a defence for Diego Costa offered, and Balotelli mooted to move to QPR. Plus a silly idea about the Mails...

'Diego Costa Is A Thug.' Sore Losers..?

There is plenty of fallout from Diego Costa's stamps of authority on Tuesday's League Cup semi-final. Plus Blatter, Rodgers' substitutions and stretching the transfer truth...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company