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West Ham stand by Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce says his meeting with the West Ham board was productive © PA Photos
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West Ham United have confirmed manager Sam Allardyce will remain in charge for the 2014-15 season, but are expecting a top-10 finish and more entertaining football.

Allardyce's position had been uncertain after a season where fans became increasingly unhappy with the style of play. However, the club are to stand by Allardyce, but added the aim was to "provide more entertainment next season".

A statement on the club's official website read: "The board and Allardyce have held lengthy and detailed discussions on the club's direction, values and philosophy and a positive way forward for next season has been agreed.

"After listening to feedback from supporters, the board have insisted on improvements to the set-up of the playing and backroom staff to ensure the team provides more entertainment next season.

"The manager has agreed to recruit a new attacking coach to complement the existing coaching set-up as well as an overhaul of the club's scouting and recruitment operation that will see the board have a greater involvement in the players who are signed, as the board will once again be investing considerable funds into the club this summer.

"The club have made clear that they want to see progression on the pitch and at least a top-10 finish as a result."

Allardyce has been in charge of West Ham since 2011, leading the club to promotion from the Championship the next year as they beat Blackpool in the play-off final.

Reacting to West Ham's decision, Allardyce said: "I look forward to taking the club forward and improving the squad for next season to try and achieve the plans we have set out in our very productive meeting last week."

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