Former Premier League manager Lawrie Sanchez has exclusively told The Transfer Tavern that he’s confident Sam Allardyce will stay at West Brom despite their relegation.
The Baggies’ brief stay in the Premier League was ended following their defeat at Arsenal last Sunday – with the 3-1 scoreline also ending the ex-England boss’ record of never being relegated in his managerial career.
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Despite some impressive results against both Chelsea and Southampton last month, West Brom paid the price for winning just twice in their opening 25 matches, with Allardyce always chasing a what appeared a lost cause from the moment he replaced Slaven Bilic before Christmas.
Should Allardyce stay on at the Hawthorns, he’ll be managing in the second tier for the first time since getting West Ham promoted via the play-offs back in 2012.
The 66-year-old has managed England since he was last working in the Championship, but Sanchez believes that he’ll be desperate to get the Baggies back into the Premier League in a bid to make them a more well-rounded outfit should they go straight back up.
He told The Transfer Tavern:
“Sam is coming to the mature end of his career and he realises he won’t be offered loads of jobs – and West Brom are a big club in the Championship, great facilities as I understand it.
“If he has the budget that the parachute payments will allow, I think he thinks he can get the club back into the Premier League in the shape that he wants it to be, to be more of a force.
“So, 12 months, sat at West Brom, get another title under his belt, I think he will be happy with that because I don’t think there will be loads of Premier League clubs looking to tie him up at the end of the season.”
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