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Nolan implores West Ham to keep Allardyce on board

West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan has urged the club to keep Sam Allardyce at the helm.

The Hammers manager has been heavily linked with a summer exit after a mediocre season at Upton Park but star midfielder Nolan believes he should be kept on for 2014/15.

Nolan was full of praise for 'Big Sam' who has copped plenty of flak from the Iron faithful throughout the campaign, saying he is the man to lead the east Londoners forward.

"Hopefully Sam's going to keep his job and be able to do what he's done and recruit in the summer and bring people in to go on," said Nolan in the wake of West Ham's 13th-place finish.

"Sometimes it's a mistake to change. If you do get rid, who do you bring in?

"His pride is definitely hurt and anyone who knows him should know that. At the end of the day he deserves more respect than what he's got and I'm disappointed there is all this talk.

"But that's the life of a football manager. He's got a thick skin and he's got a meeting with the chairman this week to discuss where we are going to go in the future and all the lads are hoping it is only paper talk.

"It's crazy, but that's the world of football these days. The pressure on people is enormous and that's something what the gaffer's got to put up with.

"He's got the vision and he's got to make us believe his vision. If we all get behind him, the chairman, myself, the players, the fans, if we all get behind him, together we will be in for a successful future for this club."

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