Kevin Phillips says what assurances Sam Allardyce will need to stay at West Brom
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Sam Allardyce will need assurances that he’ll have the money to strengthen the West Brom squad in the summer if he’s to stay, according to Kevin Phillips.
The Express & Star has reported that the Baggies are holding crunch talks with Big Sam today (Wednesday) after the club was relegated from the Premier League at the weekend.
It is understood the 18-month deal Allardyce agreed with Albion in December includes a break clause, which can be activated this summer by either him or the Black Country club.
West Brom reportedly want the 66-year-old to stay in charge at The Hawthorns after a marked improvement in results and performance since he was able to add to the squad in the winter.
However, Phillips believes if the club wants the ex-England manager to stay put, he’ll have to be promised the funds to mount a serious promotion bid from the Championship next season.
The ex-Albion striker has heard that Allardyce has a good rapport with staff behind the scenes at West Brom, meaning he’s likely to be happy in that regard.
Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips said: “At the end of the day, he needs to be promised the money to go and strengthen the squad. He also needs sole control of that where no one interferes – if he wants a player he can go and get them.
“I think he would want assurances if he stays at the club, there is a break clause.
“But if Sam does take that up and stays on, the assurances are that you would want money to strengthen, to get players out that haven’t been used and I hear that he gets on really well with the medical department so there are no issues there, it’s obviously just the playing side.
“For me, it’s just funds being made available for him.”
Since Allardyce was hired to replace Slaven Bilic in December, West Brom have won four out of 22 matches.
While that doesn’t sound great, he’s averaged 0.86 points per match, which is way better than the 0.54 points per game Bilic managed.
Allardyce’s reign was blemished by an awful run of results in December and early January, in which the Baggies lost 3-0 to Aston Villa, 5-0 to Leeds and 4-0 to Arsenal – all at The Hawthorns.
He was finally able to add to his squad ahead of the 3-2 win at Wolves on January 16 and since then, Albion have not lost more than two consecutive league fixtures.
In other West Brom news, this 23-year-old could be released by Albion next month with a Championship move on the cards.