Sam Allardyce insist that his managerial reputation will not be tarnished if he fails to keep West Brom in the top flight this season.
The Baggies currently sit in the relegation zone, 11 points away from survival and save for a late miracle, it appears as though the club will soon slip back into the Championship.
Having never been relegated as a manager, it was hoped that Allardyce would steer Albion to safety, having kept clubs like Sunderland, Bolton and West Ham in the Premier League in the past.
However that hasn’t been the case, with Albion struggling under the former England boss just as much as they had struggled under Slaven Bilic before him.
Speaking ahead of his side’s clash against Brighton on Saturday though, Allardyce explained that his reputation wouldn’t take a hit if his non-relegation record came to an end. He said: “I’d be devastated from a personal point of view, and for the club not to have survived the first season back at this level, for when the fans come back.
“Personally it would affect me, but it might not affect my credibility too much in terms of people know what I can do.
“If you’re established as a manager other jobs come along. That’s not what I want to achieve at West Brom, but it’s what might happen.
“I won’t be happy, the club won’t be happy because I’ve not done what they wanted me to do, and the players won’t be happy because they’ll get heavy reductions in their salary.”
Allardyce may well be right, but that doesn’t make his words any less uninspiring than they already are.
We don’t want to hear about how Allardyce’s reputation won’t be dented by relegation, we want to hear about how he’ll fight till the end to stave off relegation.
It does seem more and more inevitable that West Brom will slip back to the Championship this season, but even still the manager should have a better attitude than he currently does.
What he has said about his reputations reads more like an admission of defeat, and until Albion are mathematically down, that shouldn’t ever be the case from the manager of West Brom.