Date: 2nd April 2021 at 2:05pm
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TalkSport insider Alex Crook thinks that there is still a chance that Sam Allardyce will be in charge of West Bromwich Albion next season.

The former England boss, famed for his ability to keep teams in the Premier League, looks set to fall short this time with West Brom as the club sit well short of safety with just nine games to go.

Allardyce, whilst under contract until 2022, does reportedly have a break clause in his deal that would allow the club to replace him at the end of the season, and there have been reports to suggest that former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder could be set to replace him if they do part ways.

But speaking on the TalkSport Gameday podcast, Crook feels that it isn’t necessarily a done deal that the club will part ways come the end of the season, and that if the circumstances are right, Allardyce might still be in charge come August.

He said: “If they’re willing to build a squad to challenge for promotion from the Championship, because I’m not even sure that the current squad, when you take the loan players back is good enough to necessarily bounce back.

“But if the owners are willing to give Sam the backing that he would need to challenge for promotion, then he might well stay on.”

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TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’ comments about Sam Allardyce’s future…

Crook’s comments about Allardyce and West Brom really come down to one thing, and that’s whether or not they are looking for a quick fix, or if they want to set themselves up for something a lot more long-term.

Allardyce’s track record is that of a man who usually works either at the top of the Championship, or near the bottom of the Premier League, and when you have him in charge, you are always in with a chance of Premier League next season. So if they just want to get back as soon as possible, whilst also putting themselves in danger of coming straight back down, then Allardyce is a good option.

But if they want to set themselves up for something a bit more stable, then now is the perfect time to well and truly press the reset button, both on the pitch and in the dugout.

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