By Danny Wright

17th Dec, 2020 | 5:00pm

Stan Collymore reacts as Allardyce makes Wolves admission in first West Brom press conference

New Albion manager Sam Allardyce admits he fluctuated between supporting West Brom and Wolves during his youth.

Allardyce was appointed in charge of the Baggies on an 18-month deal on Wednesday after the board took the decision to sack Slaven Bilic.

One of the big talking points among Albion fans was that Dudley-born Allardyce was a Wolves fan but it seems that he also had a soft spot for the Baggies in the 1960s.

Speaking in his first press conference on Thursday, Allardyce was quoted by the Birmingham Mail as saying: “I used to go to Wolves when I was younger, but I used to come here too. My school mates, their brother used to play for West Brom in the 60s.

“You used to get free tickets for home games back then. I used to come along and watch Jeff Astle, and Browny. I did fluctuate between Wolves and West Brom.”

Stan Collymore has reacted to Allardyce’s admission.

The former Aston Villa striker wrote on his personal Twitter account that it’s “not usual in English football”.

He added: “I know plenty of Midlands football fans who went to see their rivals when their team were away.”

Does it really matter?

Let’s face it, supporting a club doesn’t make a manager any better at his job. It makes him more passionate but sometimes passion can lead to mistakes and knee-jerk reactions.

Allardyce will approach this job with great professionalism.

He’s been at the club before, he’s from Dudley and has a perfect record of keeping teams in the Premier League.

Of course, his style of play is something that most Albion fans will pick out as to why they’re anti-Big Sam.

However, staying in the Premier League is the ultimate goal here.

If West Brom are relegated, that could lead to serious financial implications due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on football.

Being relegated is also likely to make it harder to sign players from outside of the UK once the country has properly left the EU.

We simply must stay up this season.

Allardyce’s football might be hard on the eyes but Bilic’s system has failed to amaze us since the football restarted back in June.

In other West Brom news, Jonathan Greening has blasted the club for sacking Bilic and has made a claim about Tony Pulis.

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