Sam Allardyce set for crunch talks with West Brom hierarchy to decide if he will stay next season

Sam Allardyce set for crunch talks with West Bromwich Albion hierarchy to decide if he will stay next season – after Arsenal loss confirms their relegation to the Championship

  • The Baggies’ demotion to the second tier was rubber-stamped after a 3-1 defeat 
  • Allardyce has admitted he would stay if given the tools to come straight back up 
  • But the 66-year-old remained tight-lipped over his future straight after the game

Sam Allardyce will meet with the West Brom hierarchy this week as they move towards a decision over whether he will lead the club in the Championship after his first relegation from the Premier League as a manager.

West Brom’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal confirmed their departure from the top flight, despite an upturn since Allardyce’s appointment in December.

The 18-month deal he signed on his arrival included a break clause that either party is able to activate at the end of this campaign, and Allardyce has indicated he would be open to staying if he is given the tools to compete for an immediate return.

Sam Allardyce is set for crunch talks with West Bromwich Albion this week to decide his future

The Baggies’ relegation to the Championship was confirmed after a 3-1 loss against Arsenal

But he was tight-lipped in the wake of defeat at the Emirates Stadium. He said: ‘It’s too early to consider or talk about it.’

The 66-year-old added: ‘I am not going to answer the question of whether I am staying or not. I don’t want to waste your time. I will talk about the game.’

On his first relegation from the Premier League, Allardyce said: ‘Words can’t describe it. We have to accept that tonight and over the season we have not been quite good enough.

Allardyce, 66, remained tight-lipped on his immediate future when speaking after the match

Allardyce, 66, remained tight-lipped on his immediate future when speaking after the match

‘If we were to go down I wanted it to be the last game of the season but that hasn’t happened.’

The win kept alive Arsenal’s faint hopes of a top-six finish after blowing their Europa League semi-final against Villarreal on Thursday.

Manager Mikel Arteta, whose position has been under scrutiny in a desperately underwhelming season, said: ‘We will try to win every match and see where we finish. The only thing we can do is win our games.

‘We needed that win tonight. It has been a while since we won at home. We scored three fantastic goals and we had some great spells in the game. When we conceded the goal we did look nervy.’

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West Brom vs Wolves – Premier League: Live score, lineups and updates

LIVE: West Brom vs Wolves – Mbaye Diagne equalises for Baggies as they look to cling on to survival hopes, after Fabio Silva’s deflected strike gave visitors the lead

  • Wolves striker Fabio Silva gives the visitors the lead in first-half stoppage time
  • But Baggies forward Mbaye Diagne equalised with a header just after the hour 
  • West Brom host rivals Wolves at the Hawthorns knowing three points are a must
  • Baggies are 11 points from safety having played one game fewer than other sides
  • Nuno’s Wolves side are out of form and have lost three of their last five matches 
  • Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results from the top tier
  • Premier League table – as it stands

West Brom host local rivals Wolves in what is a must-win clash for Sam Allardyce, if he is to hold any lingering hope of retaining his record of never being relegated from the top flight.

The Baggies are 11 points from safety at present, having played one game fewer than Newcastle who currently occupy 17th place in the league. Wolves, meanwhile, are experiencing a difficult patch and have lost three of their last five matches.

Follow Sportsmail’s MAX MATHEWS for live EPL coverage of West Brom vs Wolves, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.  

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