Hammers boss says club need just five more points to survive.
West Ham United head coach Sam Allardyce has confirmed that talks over a new deal to remain in charge of the Hammers beyond the end of this season have already started, but that he will not put pen to paper in the contract until the club are safe from relegation from the Premier League.
Allardyce, 58, has guided the East End outfit to 14th place in the current top flight standings, however, they are still of not certain of survival on 33 points, which is five adrift of the 38-point total that the West Ham boss believes will be enough to beat the drop this season.
“I suppose I could sign a contract that said if we get relegated then I don’t want it, but I won’t do that,” he said.
“We think we will be safe at 38 points. Then we can push on to 40 if we can.
“The contract negotiations are ongoing at this moment in time. We talk confidentially among ourselves and hopefully we can come to an agreement shortly.”