Updated: Tuesday, 07 January 2014 20:38 | By Agence France-Presse

Allardyce buoyed by West Ham board backing

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce on Tuesday expressed his gratitude after receiving a public vote of confidence from co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold.

Allardyce buoyed by West Ham board backing

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce looks on before the English Premier League match between Fulham and West Ham United at Craven Cottage in London on January 1, 2014

The east London club are currently second from bottom in the Premier League table and saw a second-string team thrashed 5-0 by second-tier Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday.

However, with West Ham due to visit Manchester City on Wednesday for the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Sullivan and Gold released an open letter to fans in which they confirmed their support for Allardyce.

"I'm obviously pleased by the united front we are trying to keep under these difficult times at the moment," Allardyce said during Tuesday's pre-game press conference.

"When it comes public from the co-chairmen it is nice to see and hear. From our point of view, we are all understanding the difficult position we are in at the moment.

"We all have to work through it together in the hope that we turn it around into a positive reaction in terms of our results."

Allardyce said that centre-back Roger Johnson, who has arrived on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, will go straight into the squad for the trip to City.

"If you look across the board at Man City, aerially we have to be very competent and Roger will be a great help in that area particularly," he said.

"He is very determined and excited about the opportunity he has got after being basically frozen out at Wolves."

Allardyce also revealed that striker Andy Carroll will soon be available, having been sidelined by a foot injury since completing his permanent £15 million ($24.6 million, 18 million euros) move from Liverpool in June.

"Andy is training today," Allardyce said. "Hopefully we'll see him on the bench in the next week or so."

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