London - West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has started planning for next season even though he has yet to find out if he will still be in charge of the east London club then.
Allardyce is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and although the Hammers are in a comfortable mid-table position, with their Premier League future seemingly assured, the 60-year-old manager has still to hear from club chiefs about his own position.
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There has been plenty of attention on West Ham's planned move to the nearby Olympic Stadium but Allardyce said the more mundane tasks of getting ready for a new campaign remained his responsibility for the time being.
"We sat down yesterday and began to plan for next season, when we're coming back for pre-season, where we're going to go and who we're going to play. It's not fully evolved yet but the plans are in place," Allardyce said Friday.
"No I don't (know if I am going to be at West Ham next season), but when you are contracted to a club you do the job that you're paid to do, one of those roles is to plan for next season."
Allardyce was widely praised earlier in the campaign for getting West Ham to play the kind of 'attractive' football demanded by fans brought up to revere the club's stylish England 1966 World Cup-winning trio of Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst.
The Hammers even broke into the top four, only to fall back again at the turn of the year after being hit by a run of injuries.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan, not one to hide his feelings, made his displeasure clear earlier this week and Allardyce is determined to see an upturn in results starting with Saturday's visit of Stoke to Upton Park.
"The reality is there is a difference between the performances and the results," Allardyce insisted. "Having said that the bottom line is winning and getting results and we haven't done enough of that recently.
"We're all disappointed in the last few results and I accept that.
"I have to emphasise results because we've come close to winning some major games of football. We have to look at the season as whole, not just a few games and I think overall it's been terrific, it's been very exciting."