Kevin Phillips: Allardyce should want full control over West Brom transfers

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Kevin Phillips wants to see Sam Allardyce gain full control over the transfers at West Brom amid showdown talks at the club this week.

According to the Express & Star, Big Sam discussed his future at The Hawthorns with the Baggies board on Wednesday after relegation back to the Championship was confirmed at the weekend.

Allardyce, 66, signed an 18-month deal with the Albion in December but that contract includes a break clause that can now be activated by either him or the club.

It is understood that West Brom want Allardyce to stay in charge after overseeing a dramatic improvement since he was able to add to the squad in the winter.

However, ex-Albion striker Phillips believes Allardyce will want plenty of assurances first and one of those means that Luke Dowling’s job would become obsolete.

Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips said: “We can all imagine what Big Sam said what he sat down in that office when he’s sat down and face-to-face with whoever. He’ll want assurances.

“There’ll be teams sniffing around West Brom’s best players – as they always do – but he’ll want assurances that if these players do go, he wants funds to replace them. It would be hard to do it like-for-like but certainly to replace them with enough quality to bounce straight back.

“I’m sure there are no need for assurances in terms of backroom staff and the medical team – I think that’s pretty much clear.

“He’s happy with that, it’s just about the playing side of it and if players go – and naturally they will – can he replace them and funds remain available?

“The big one for me is that he has full control over who comes in and who goes out.” 

Dowling has been a controversial figure in the West Brom boardroom during his time at the Black Country club.

Albion’s technical director was at odds with Slaven Bilic at the start of the Croatian’s reign at The Hawthorns [The Athletic].

They battled over the re-signing of Filip Krovinovic last year while Bilic made it public that he wasn’t happy with Dowling going over his head to sell Ahmed Hegazi.

We’re yet to see any friction between Big Sam and Dowling and the signings made in January, on the face of it, look as though they were joint efforts.

But Allardyce is someone who knows what he’s doing and can be trusted.

However if he gets 100 per cent control, what happens with Dowling?

Some Albion fans wouldn’t be too upset to see the back of him.

In other West Brom news, this 23-year-old could be released by Albion next month with a Championship move on the cards.

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