Sam Allardyce announces West Brom departure, but will help appoint successor


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Sam Allardyce announces West Brom departure, but will help appoint successor

Sam Allardyce will leave West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season after failing to keep the Baggies in the Premier League. The 66-year-old replaced Slaven Bilic in December but was unable to maintain his record of having never been relegated from the top-flight.

West Brom conceded 15 goals in Allardyce’s first five matches in charge and continued to struggle.

They were sent down following a 3-1 defeat by Arsenal earlier this month.

Allardyce has turned down an offer to help the club win promotion from the Championship and his departure was announced in a club statement following their 3-1 reverse against West Ham on Wednesday.

The former England boss will aid the recruitment process as the Midlands outfit appoint his successor.

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“West Bromwich Albion made me a generous offer to stay at The Hawthorns that shows the commitment of an ambitious club. After serious consideration I have decided not to accept that offer.

“If I were to stay and achieve promotion next season the expectation would be for me to continue for at least another season and, sadly, that is not a commitment I feel able to make at this stage of my career.

“I believe the club now needs stability and continuity and this would, in my opinion, best be provided by a young and ambitious manager who can get us back to where we should be as an established Premier League football club.

“I must thank the players and staff, in particular Luke Dowling and Ken (Xu Ke), for their unwavering commitment to a very difficult challenge during my time at the club. This challenge was made all the more difficult, of course, by the enforced absence of the club’s fantastic supporters, some of whom I am delighted were present for our final home game against West Ham United.

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“Unfortunately, collectively, we were unable to achieve our goal of surviving relegation. In the second half of the season we played with passion and desire, delivering some memorable results with organised, entertaining football.

“Ultimately, we were unable to accumulate the points total required to keep us here, but Sam certainly restored pride with a number of resilient displays.

“Sam, Ken (Chief Executive, Xu Ke) and I have discussed at length our plans for the future and we very much hoped to have Sam in charge for next season and beyond.

“Sam and his coaching staff have been excellent to work with and I would like to thank them all for their efforts.

“Sam has given his reasons for leaving and we respect his decision. He has been brilliant to work with and I wish him, Sammy and Robbie all the very best in the future. They will always be welcome at The Hawthorns.”

Allardyce held back his emotions in his post-match interview with Sky Sports as he fired back at those who have criticised his style of play, and gave a staunch defence of his players from similar criticisms, including from West Ham striker Michail Antonio. 

“I am, as you say, a man who comes and saves a football club, a man that’s a troubleshooter, I’m happy with that,” he said.

“That’s been my life for the last eight or nine years. I feel like the club needs a man to come and take it by the scruff of the neck and take it up, I think they can, but I also think it needs to plan for the future. 

“Unlike Michail Antonio’s statement that I just heard before I came out here, saying we’ve got big men that play in the channel. He’s just insulted me and my team.

“He’s a nice lad, but it was disgusting what he said. I think he should go back and watch the game to see how we really played. Our front two are five-foot-10 and five-foot-nine, so I don’t know what big men he saw in the channels. 

“That’s all you lot talk about, you never talk about anything else. Just like Michail Antonio just said, ‘it’s Sam with the long ball, it’s the Sam way of playing.’

“it’s a load of crap and it always has been a load of crap because I’ve never played the same way at any club I’ve been at.

“If you thought that was long ball today, then somebody is deluded. We played long ball against Liverpool because it was the right way to play and should have got a result against them.

“They didn’t like it, but it shows everybody if you play a simple game against Liverpool, then you can get at them, you can get behind them and you can get chances.

“They’ve gone and beat Burnley 3-0 tonight, but they were dead lucky to beat us the other night. Today, West Ham didn’t deserve to beat us 3-1 but that’s our fault and nobody else’s.”

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