Former West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer has urged his old side to persist with Sam Allardyce even if they get relegated, in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
10 points adrift of safety, it is looking increasingly likely that the Baggies will go down this season, a development that would cast doubt over Allardyce’s future at the club.
The 66-year-old admitted last month that he does not know if he will still be in the Hawthorns dugout next term, with there said to be a break-clause in the 18-month contract he signed in the middle of last December to replace Slaven Bilic.
For Palmer, though, whatever happens, West Brom should stick with the man they currently have at the helm. Speaking exclusively to FFC about Big Sam’s future, the ex-England international said:
“I think it’ll be a win–win [Allardyce staying] because I can’t see Sam getting another job in the Premier League. Sam’s worked with those players, knows those players. He’s a very, very good manager. So I believe if they [get relegated and] keep Sam, they’ll come straight back up.”
The Midlands club continuing with Allardyce makes sense, even if they do end up getting relegated. The former England manager is more than familiar with the Championship and has managed to achieve success in the division in the past.
In the 2011/12 season, he guided West Ham back to the Premier League via the play-offs, laying the foundation for them to become an established top-flight outfit again, with the Hammers not seeing relegation since.