Athletic’s Steve Madeley states that Monday evening’s draw against Wolves has boosted Sam Allardyce’s bid to stay at West Brom next season.
The Baggies manager signed an 18-month deal when he joined at the end of 2020 but has an option in his contract to opt out if the club gets relegated.
While discussing his future in the pre-match buildup, Allardyce stated that he wanted certain agreements in place, before he commits to bringing the Baggies back to the top flight.
But, the fact of the matter was that he is keen on continuing with the club next season, and Madeley believes that getting a respectable result in the Black Country derby will only help his chances of staying at the club.
He wrote in The Athletic, “A significant portion of West Brom’s fanbase has been won round by obvious improvements overseen by Allardyce since January after his nightmare start to life in charge.
“Monday night was the final serious on-field hurdle that could have turned the mood squarely back against him and he managed to end his second Black Country derby as a manager with his position not weakened by events in the fixture that matters most.
“Extending unbeaten run over Wolves boosts his bid to stay.”
Big Sam took over mid-season because he was promised a January window outlay and he’s going to have similar demands should he carry on for next season.
As Madeley rightly pointed out, the Wolves result, and our performances in the new year, tell you enough that he’s the right man for the job.
Per the Opta’s xG (Expected Goals) model, we’ve won 5 of our 11 games since Allardyce played his January signings – telling you that he knows how to bring the right tune of the players he wants at the club.
It only makes sense for the club hierarchy to rally their support around the man, just like the majority of the fans have, and promise him a similar outlay in the summer.
With a pre-season, Allardyce can get most of the dressing room on board with his blueprint for promotion and we could quickly get done with the ordeal of second-tier football to get back into the Premier League.
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