The Baggies’ relegation was confirmed over the weekend following their 3-1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates in a game that also marked the first time that Allardyce, someone famed for his ability to keep teams in the Premier League, has suffered relegation from the top flight in his career.
The question now becomes about who will be the man that will be tasked with bringing West Brom back from the Championship in the 2021/22 season. Allardyce does have a ‘break clause’ inserted in his contract that allows the two teams to part ways this summer, but as heard on the TalkSport Daily podcast (2:57), Cascarino felt that Allardyce was the person to lead them back out of the second-tier and do so in style:
“I think Sam’s the absolute man to stay and I think he’ll make them champions next year, West Brom. I think they’ll come back up, bounce back, they’ll do a bit of Norwich… I do think Sam will navigate his way through the Championship and bring West Brom straight back.”
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The fact that there is a break clause in the deal means that either the club or Allardyce have to be active to try and break up the partnership.
And given his track record when it comes to promotions, securing three in his career, two of which to the Premier League, and the latter of which at the first time of asking with West Ham United, it certainly does make sense for the club to at least try him out in the Championship to begin with.
If things aren’t looking great come October/November time, then it might be worth pursuing another option, but for now at least there should be a lot of trust put in Allardyce’s hands to get them back straight away.