Former Premier League footballer Carlton Palmer believes that West Bromwich Albion’s best chance of bouncing straight back to the Premier League is sticking with current boss Sam Allardyce.
Speaking to Football FanCast, the former England international touched on Allardyce’s future at West Brom.
However, Palmer revealed that he would like to see the Baggies keep Allardyce even if they are relegated.
He 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.”
Do you want Allardyce to stay if West Brom go down?
No, time to move on from him
Yes, he can get us promoted
TIF Thoughts on Allardyce…
Since the 66-year-old replaced Slaven Bilic, West Brom have won just two league games from 16 matches, which is an awful record.
Allardyce did bring West Ham United up at the first time of asking in 2011/12 via the play-offs, and also led Bolton Wanderers’ rise to the top tier nearly 20 years ago.
Despite his vast experience, we wouldn’t be surprised if West Brom have been relegated and either Allardyce decides to leave, or the club decide to get rid of him.
It remains to be seen what happens, but we can’t see West Brom staying in the Premier League this season, and we think they should start planning for the Championship with or without Allardyce.