A report by Steve Madeley in The Athletic has hinted that some West Brom players are already unhappy with life under Big Sam at The Hawthorns.
A source close to the club told The Athletic that some of the players have been struggling to come to terms with the departure of Slaven Bilic.
The report adds that a source close to the squad claims the new training regime consists of ‘an extra session on kicking the ball far from the goal’.
Albion have not kicked on under Allardyce this season and after four Premier League games in charge, the club are yet to win.
While there was the memorable point away at Anfield, that was also followed up by the embarrassing FA Cup exit to the hands of League One Blackpool.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing
It is easy for us to now say that the club acted too quickly with Bilic, but it is important to point out that it could have been the case.
It is also important to focus on the mental side of the game and the spirit – or lack of – that is currently in the squad.
As the report states, Bilic was a hugely popular figure among the players and some sections of the fan base.
The same cannot be said for Allardyce, so when he arrives and tries to turn the club into a defensive juggernaut, it was never going to be received with resounding delight.
The one thing that Albion need to pull themselves out of this relegation battle, aside from quality, is spirit and if Big Sam cannot harness that in the current squad, then they are in big trouble.
Under the former England boss, the Albion are conceding more and it is hammering the players’ confidence, and as things stand, it looks like it can only end one way.
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