Allardyce: West Ham deal will be signed once safety is assured

With a tough run of fixtures coming up the Hammers face a battle to avoid the drop and the manager is keeping the focus purely on survival rather than speculation over his future
Sam Allardyce has revealed he will only sign a new contract when West Ham have achieved safety in the Premier League.

The Hammers host West Brom on Saturday with a six-point cushion over 18th-placed Wigan but have only won twice in nine league games, leading to speculation over Allardyce’s future.

However, the 58-year-old confirmed there will be talks once both he and the club are happy their top-flight status is assured.

"I want us to get safe and then if the contract's already there and ready to sign, I'll sign it, move on and get ready for next season,” he told reporters.

"I'm not so sure we have to wait until we're mathematically safe. I think if we get to 38 points both parties would say that's going to be enough this season.

"Hopefully we can get to 38 points as quickly as we can, then we'll have a few games left it achieve more than 40 points if we can."

There was good news for the Hammers off the field recently, with the confirmation they will move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, but Allardyce is only concerned with their stuttering form on it.

"It's been a little disappointing recently, not from a contract point of view but from a results point of view," he added.

"I'm disappointed we haven't already clinched safety because I think we should have done based on our performances.

"Our lack of concentration and, on some occasions, our lack of goals has made us linger on this subject.

"We all want to get it out of the way, done and dusted and focus on hopefully another season in the Premier League."