Sam Allardyce hasn’t had the desired impact at West Bromwich Albion since replacing Slaven Bilic in mid-December. The Baggies are 19th in the Premier League with 13 points from 24 games, 12 adrift of safety with only 42 more points available (WhoScored), so a change could be on the cards this summer.
Allardyce has a break clause in his 18-month contract which will allow him to leave West Brom when the season comes to a close, so it’s quite possible that the 66-year-old will depart if Albion are relegated to the Championship.
Assuming Sam Allardyce isn’t in charge of Albion next season, the obvious name in the frame would be Michael Appleton. He knows the club well, has worked previously with sporting and technical director Luke Dowling and has proven himself as a manager in both of his most recent assignments with Oxford United and Lincoln City.
He would probably be my choice, too, as a man on an upward trajectory in his career who would arrive with a point to prove in the Championship, assuming that’s where Albion are.
Madeley also named Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook and ex-Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley as potential options to next take the reins at The Hawthorns.
He believes that Allardyce would remain at West Brom if they stay up, but that looks unlikely as they enter the final third of the season. Albion have averaged only 0.54 points per game in the Premier League, so their projected finish is a mere 21 points – which even at this stage would not be enough to beat the drop.
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It’s hard to see West Brom staying up and it’s hard to see Allardyce staying on in that instance.
Slaven Bilic’s departure wasn’t a major shock given Albion’s form at the start of the season, but three last three months under Allardyce have arguably been even worse.
Certainly, they are no closer to avoiding relegation than they had been when the managerial change was made just before Christmas.