Sam Allardyce said that his future at West Brom is up in the air at the moment, and journalist Joseph Masi has delivered his view on the situation.
The reliable journalist often knows what is going on at The Hawthorns and has his finger on the pulse of Albion.
Big Sam is still hopeful of managing Albion in the Premier League next season, but with that an unlikely prospect he may not want to stay on in the Championship.
Masi told the Baggies Broadcast (59:35), “He has said if we’re in the Premier League he’s staying, so he wants to be in the Premier League with Albion next season.
“If we go down, will he stay? I really don’t know. If you’d asked me a month ago, I definitely would have said no.
“Part of me feels like he’s growing into it more, I feel like he is really enjoying the job.”
Allardyce’s refusal to commit to West Brom poses a few short-term and long-term problems.
There is a break clause in his contract which means he will be free to leave this season, with his current deal tying him down until 2022.
It has been almost 20 years since he managed in the Championship so it is difficult to see him staying with us.
Also, he has not had a positive impact on results, so the board may take the decision out of his hands by sacking him.
There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment, therefore, and that means we cannot plan for the future, let alone next season.
Either Big Sam needs to commit or the board need to decide that a new manager is needed, and start drawing up a list of possible candidates to replace him.
Michael Appleton has been mentioned but we are worried he does not have the reputation to succeed at The Hawthorns.
If he goes on a bad run, like Slaven Bilic did, then he may not get time to turn things around.
Allardyce does have that pedigree.
He also has a Championship promotion on his CV, unlike Appleton, and made good signings for us in January.
If he can improve results between now and the end of the season he may have the board’s backing. Then it will just be a question of whether he wants to stay.
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