We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…
Kevin Phillips doesn’t believe Sam Allardyce’s potential £2million bonus for keeping West Brom up will have any impact on how the team performs.
West Brom News understands that Allardyce is set to quit The Hawthorns at the end of the season if the Black Country club suffers relegation to the Championship.
A source at the Baggies has revealed that Big Sam will earn a £2million bonus if he keeps the club in the Premier League but with relegation looking inevitable, a break-clause in his contract looks set to be triggered.
Phillips doesn’t believe the £2million bonus is actually that much when compared to how much West Brom can pocket if they manage to stay in the top-flight.
The ex-Albion forward also believes that the bonus is unlikely to do much in terms of motivating the manager and the players to perform better.
“The manager’s incentive bonus doesn’t take precedence over anything. It won’t come into anyone’s thoughts – especially buyers,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“Of course, the manager will want to keep the club in the Premier League but it’s a nice bonus. I think Tony Pulis was on something like that.
“In comparison to what the club earns, it’s peanuts really. I know in the grand scheme it is a huge amount of money but to stay in the Premier League it’s hundreds of millions.
“I don’t think it will have any resemblance to how the squad have performed this season. They probably don’t even know, they’re just assuming. But now it has been reported it still won’t make any difference.”
West Brom may have looked dead and buried for some time now but they saved their best performance of the season until Saturday when they hammered Chelsea 5-2 at Stamford Bridge.
It was the first time Thomas Tuchel has tasted defeat since he was hired by the London club and Albion’s first league win at Stamford Bridge since the 1970s.
Allardyce’s men, in their green and yellow kit, resembled Brazil as they picked apart Chelsea’s defence and scored some truly brilliant goals.
With eight matches left, relegation still seems very possible but if West Brom play as they did against Chelsea in their final matches, there could be a great escape in the making.
In other West Brom news, Guochuan Lai has taken a major stride towards selling the club with an exclusivity agreement reached.