Former Premier League striker Dean Windass believes Sam Allardyce will depart West Bromwich Albion if the club suffers relegation this season.
The former Bolton Wanderers manager only took charge of the Baggies back in December after the newly-promoted side picked up just seven points from their opening 13 Premier League matches.
Allardyce arrived at the Hawthorns with an impressive top-flight record, having never suffered relegation from English football’s top tier, but with West Brom nine points adrift of safety with just seven games of the season left to play, time is running out.
In an exclusive interview with Football Fan Cast, Windass predicted an early exit for Allardyce if he fails to avoid the drop for the first time in his career.
He said: “I can’t see him staying if they go down. Can you see Big Sam managing in the Championship? Not him, he doesn’t need it.
“He looks at himself as a Premier League manager, so I can see Sam leaving.”
TIF Thoughts on Allardyce’s future…
The Midlands outfit sparked fresh hope that they can preserve their Premier League status for at least another season after putting back-to-back wins together over Chelsea and Southampton, but Newcastle United’s good form has dampened their chances.
Allardyce hasn’t managed in the Championship since he guided West Ham United back to the top-flight vias the playoffs in 2011/12, but with the 66-year-old on his eighth Premier League club of his career, opportunities in the division may be running out for him.
Only time will tell where the former England boss ends up next season, although it’s difficult to imagine many top-tier teams taking a punt on Allardyce if he fails to keep West Brom afloat.