May 21, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT
Sam Allardyce will be back in charge for West Ham United in 2014, charged with a Top Ten finish or bust.
But that doesn’t mean the 59-year-old is going to be trusted to get things done his way, as West Ham will make a number of changes behind the scenes.
The Hammers weren’t a blast to watch in 2014. They flirted with relegation while waiting for marquee signing Andy Carroll to come back from injury, rescuing their season before virtually disappearing down the stretch.
And their play was not thrill-a-minute stuff.
From the BBC:
“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.”
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