Downing hoping Allardyce stays at West Ham

Marseille head coach Marcelo Bielsa is a key target to replace the former Bolton boss should he leave and the midfielder admits they players do not know what will happen
West Ham winger Stewart Downing has urged the club's hierarchy to stick with manager Sam Allardyce.

The London club are prepared to allow Allardyce to leave at the end of the season when his contract expires, with Marseille head coach Marcelo Bielsa the key target to replace him.

The 60-year-old, who avoided the sack last term, has already conceded he does not know whether he will be in charge next season but Downing wants to see him pen an extension.

"We'd like him to stay. We don't know what the situation is," Downing said following West Ham's 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Saturday.

"It's going to be resolved at the end of the season, as he said yesterday, I think. The only thing we can do is win games.

"This puts him in a stronger position to keep his job. Obviously he is disappointed today because wins help. Losing games and drawing games probably won't help him.

"Like I said, we are disappointed today. Whatever will be will be at the end of the season. I'm sure he'll want to get it sorted as soon as he can."

West Ham are ninth in the Premier League standings, with 43 points from 32 matches.