Sam Allardyce relegated and refuses to commit with one more to go down
Sam Allardyce has relegated West Brom.
The former Newcastle manager taking the Baggies down with three games still to go.
Despite taking West Brom down, Sam Allardyce is refusing to commit to trying to get the club back into the Premier League, Allardyce saying he will only stay if he is satisfied with how much money the club make available.
Taking charge on 16 December 2020 with still two thirds of the season left, Sam Allardyce was backed by the West Brom owners in the January 2021 transfer window – Robert Snodgrass, Andy Lonergan, Mbaye Diagne, Jack Wakely, Okay Yokuslu and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Despite that the form under Sam Allardyce continued to be woeful, ending up with relegation confirmed on Sunday, a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal tipping them over the edge, leaving the Premier League table looking like this on Monday morning.
Sam Allardyce’s form with West Brom was so poor, it was on a par with Steve Bruce at Newcastle United.
Allardyce taking charge so far for 23 matches, with won 4, drawn 7 and lost 12.
In the same period, Bruce has had 26 games, with won 5, drawn 7 and lost 14.
The relegation picture could be completed as early as tonight, if Scott Parker’s Fulham lose to Burnley they are down.
Even a win would only give them the faintest of hopes, as they’d be still six points behind Burnley with only three games to play. Mathematically still able to catch Newcastle United but in reality all but impossible.
If / when Fulham join West Brom and Sheffield United, it then presents a reality of a very very low quality bottom end of the Premier League this season, where it was very difficult for any of the other clubs to actually go down. The closeness at the bottom an illusion for a while before the likes of Newcastle, Brighton and Burnley got a few wins to effectively make them safe and significantly clear of trouble.
Difficult to think it will be quite so easy next season, Norwich (97 points) and Watford (91 points) making an instant return with momentum and having learned lessons from their 2019/20 demotions. Bournemouth could make it a trio of instant returners, they are competing with Brentford, Swansea and Barnsley in the play-offs.
Newcastle United haven’t covered themselves in glory against these three substandard teams who are going down, losing at Sheffield United (play them at SJP in 9 days time), a lucky draw against 10 men Fulham at St James Park (play them at Craven Cottage in 13 days time) and against West Brom, a dismal goalless draw at the Hawthorns plus a fortunate late 2-1 win (Gayle scoring after coming off the bench) at SJP.
Sam Allardyce talking to Match of The Day:
“I am not going to answer a question on whether I am staying or going.
“It will just be a waste of time because I won’t be saying.
“It would depend on what is decided when figures [budget for promotion push next season] are set.
“At this moment I have no idea what the figures are or aren’t.
“At this moment, to think about it after the disappointment [of relegation], it is not a question I am prepared to answer.
“It is painful.
“I wanted it [survival] for the club and players more than me but it hasn’t happened.
“Everyone has to accept it and recover quickly.
“I want to win all three [remaining] games but if I could choose just one, it would be West Ham, because the fans will be there.
“I have often thought what home fans might have done…I think they might have been the extra man and lifted us to win some of those draws at the Hawthorns.”
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