Press Association “It was always going to be settled at the end of the season. Whether I’m staying or going, that hasn’t been decided yet,” Allardyce said on Thursday ahead of the weekend’s clash with Everton at Upton Park. “Nearly two years ago when we finished 10th in the Premier League, I signed a contract on May 29, which was probably a good two weeks after the season had finished. “At the end of this season we will sit down and negotiate. The outcome will be made known to everyone once those negotiations have finished. “Speculation about the club not being happy with me or me not being happy with them is bound to happen.” Allardyce admits his desire to stay at Upton Park is dependent on him receiving a number of assurances. “It depends on the contract. There’s a lot of areas to negotiate, not just my contract but the staff, new players and the budget. As well as that it’s about the direction we think we’re going in,” he said. “We’re going in the right direction, it’s a question of how fast we want to move. All that needs to be discussed and agreed.” West Ham could qualify for the Europa League through fair play, meaning their season would start in mid-July, and Allardyce said: “Whatever the decision, we’ll need to move quickly after that. Sam Allardyce insists his West Ham future has yet to be decided with negotiations over a new contract beginning only once the season is finished. “Thankfully, the owners have always moved quickly to secure new players which has helped to improve the squad.” Since Christmas West Ham have fallen out of the Champions League places and now occupy 10th place, but Allardyce refuses to blame uncertainty over his future for the slump. “I don’t think it’s affected the players. Our lack of results has been due to missing some core players through injury,” he said. “While we’ve managed to overcome the injuries to Winston Reid and James Tomkins remarkably well, our problem has been not scoring enough. “We haven’t been able to convert our chances, we had 29 shots against Burnley and only scored once so that really highlighted our problem. “Our missed chances have really cost us in the last six or seven games.” Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold are reported to view Slaven Bilic and David Moyes as potential successors to Allardyce, whose contract expires this summer. Allardyce is unpopular among supporters while the club’s end of season slide down the Barclays Premier League table has done little to strengthen the 60-year-old’s hand when talks begin.
highlights New Delhi: India head coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday said he would have preferred a 16-member World Cup squad instead of the mandated 15 and urged those who missed out to “not lose heart”. India Monday announced a 15-strong squad for the mega-event, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom, and the omissions of young keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and veteran Ambati Rayudu triggered a debate on the choices made by the selectors.Shastri steered clear of commenting on the furor.”I don’t get involved in selection. If we have any opinion, we let the captain known,” Shastri was quoted as saying by the ‘Sport360′ website here.”When you only have 15 to pick, there is bound to be someone or the other who misses out, which is very unfortunate. I would have preferred 16 players. We had mentioned to the ICC that in a tournament that long, 16 players makes sense. But the diktat was 15,” he added. Ravi Shastri wanted a 16-member squad for World Cup 2019. Shastri has given pivotal advice to the players who missed out on the selection. India will play its first game against South Africa at Oval, London. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Shastri said those who missed the final 15 should look ahead as an opportunity can knock anytime.”They (who missed out) shouldn’t lose heart. It’s a funny game. There could be injuries. So you never know when you could be called up,” he said. When pressed on Vijay Shankar’s selection for the No.4 slot months after captain Virat Kohli declared Rayudu as the front-runner for the position, Shastri said the spot remains a flexible one.”Total flexibility (on No4 position) depending on conditions, opposition. I would say the top three? but after that you can be very flexible,” he said.Shastri also brushed aside criticism that India seems to be too reliant on Kohli to carry them through.”If you look at the last five years, the way the Indian team has performed, they have always been in the top two or three. To be in top two or three for five years in a row, No1 in Tests, again top three in T20 cricket? you can’t depend on one player,” he asserted.”You have that kind of consistent record, you need a bunch of players performing all the time. Due credit to the team,” he said.Speaking in general about the marquee tournament in the UK, Shastri gave the favorites’ tag to England.” England has been the most consistent team over the last two years. They have multi-dimensional players. They have depth in bowling and batting. And they are playing at home. So they would start as favorites,” Shastri said.” But there are so many teams that can beat any team on a given day. In a tournament like the World Cup, you have got to be on top of your game every game,” he concluded.(With Inputs: PTI)