On May 24th 2015 West Ham United announced that they would not be renewing the contract of their manager, Sam Allardyce.
Allardyce himself has stated he felt it was probably the right time for him to go - for both him and the club.
He had four fairly successful seasons at Upton Park, guiding them to promotion from the Championship in his first season and securing strong mid-table finishes in the next three, finishing 10th, 13th and 12th respectively. However, his time at the club has been plagued by criticism over his style of football, with suggestions that the owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, wanted the team to play in a more entertaining, attacking style.
West Ham are also due to move into the Olympic Stadium in August 2016, and it is thought that the owners want a new manager to oversee the club as they move to a new stage in their history. Maybe even to push them to the next level of consistent top-ten finishes and European football.
Whatever the reasons behind Allardyce's departure, he's left big shoes to fill. Whoever takes over is going to be under some serious pressure to get results and build on the finishes Big Sam managed. Here are ten contenders. why they would be good for the job, and why they might not be.