West Bromwich Albion journalist Chris Lepkowski has been sharing his thoughts and some details on the recent statement shared by the club regarding Sam Allardyce’s decision to leave his position at The Hawthorns at the end of the season.
This comes after Lepkowski co-hosted the latest episode of Baggies-themed podcast The Liquidator where he spoke about this latest news regarding Allardyce.
On the subject of the statement, which was shared on the club’s official website on Wednesday evening after the Baggies had lost 3-1 against West Ham United in their penultimate match of the season, Lepkowski had this to say on the matter. (3.30)
He said: “It’s very interesting that the statement that was released by Albion actually was timed before the final whistle.
“Now, of course, you can do that on content management systems, you can time a statement to go up at any time but clearly, the result of the West Ham game was completely irrelevant. There was no issue as regards to that game, it wasn’t going to influence his decision one way or the other.
“But, I’ve been speaking to people after the event, I spoke to people on Wednesday evening who told me that as recently as [Tuesday], they were in discussions with people in fairly senior roles at the club, where there was a feeling that Sam Allardyce might just stay, that he might just be convinced to stay and personally I said it at the top of the programme, I’m a bit disappointed, but I’m not shocked.”
The former England boss was appointed as West Brom’s manager on an 18-month deal back in December after Slaven Bilic was sacked due to the club’s disappointing run of results at the start of the campaign, which has ultimately led to them being relegated back to the Championship.
Prior to the club’s final league game of the season away against Leeds United, the Baggies had won just four out of the 25 games they have played under Allardyce’s guidance, drawing seven and losing 14 along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Chris Lepkowski’s comments on Allardyce’s statement…
Given how, in his statement, Allardyce revealed that he had been made a “generous offer to stay at The Hawthorns that shows the commitment of an ambitious club,” before turning it down after “serious consideration” but ultimately being unable to commit himself to more than one year at the club if they were to be promoted back to the Premier League at the end of next season, this generous offer he mentioned could be what Lepkowski mentioned in the podcast about people telling him Allardyce could have been persuaded to stay.
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Either way, the Baggies will now have to draw up a list of potential candidates of who they think the best option could be to take the reins from Allardyce and guide them through next season in the Championship and hopefully get them back in the Premier League by the end of it.
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