Allardyce, even though he is 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 despite his best efforts, it looks as if his track record of being able to keep teams in the Premier League could be set to have a blemish on it.
This could leave West Brom in a position of working out if they should stick or twist with Allardyce for next season should they go down.
There have been reports suggesting that the club could look to former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder to take over, speaking on the Baggies Broadcast podcast, Masi thinks that the club might end up sticking with what they have got:
“There’s no guarantees in football and you could not say Sam Allardyce would guarantee to get you back up, you just couldn’t say that.
“You couldn’t say that because the last time he was in the Championship with West Ham, he didn’t go up automatically, he got them up via the play-offs. So there’s absolutely no guarantees. But I tell you what, it ain’t far off a guarantee that he’ll get you in the top six.
“He’s such a safe pair of hands, I think, for next season, that if you were an owner – and that’s the issue here – when you’re a fan, it’s not your money. When you’re an owner, can you really look past him? I don’t see how you can. So for that reason, I do think he’ll be in charge next season.”
Should West Brom stick with Allardyce if they get relegated?
TIF Thoughts on Joe Masi’s comments about Sam Allardyce’s future at West Bromwich Albion…
Masi’s assertion about promotion is right, with Allardyce it’s not a guarantee, but you will more than likely be amongst the favourites. And perhaps the biggest factor in all of this is the fact he’s under contract, so the club would need to actively push him out the door in order to start over.
And it just seems counter-intuitive to go through the recruitment process and try to bring someone else in who might put you in a position to challenge, compared to someone you know will be able to like Allardyce, who is already in-house.