Sam Allardyce to make decision over his West Brom future before clash with West Ham

Sam Allardyce to make decision over his West Brom future after clash with West Ham as veteran boss admits ‘there is a lot to discuss’ following club’s relegation to the Championship

  • West Brom were relegated from the Premier League after loss against Arsenal 
  • Sam Allardyce’s future at the club is uncertain with crunch talks set to be held 
  • Both club and manager remain undecided over whether to continue together 
  • Allardyce will hold definitive discussions before the fixture against West Ham 

Sam Allardyce will finalise his West Brom future after next week’s game with West Ham with both club and manager undecided on whether to continue together in the Championship next season.

Albion’s relegation from the Premier League – which was confirmed when they lost 3-1 at Arsenal last weekend – leaves Allardyce and his employers with a decision to make.

Though Allardyce has held initial discussions with sporting director Luke Dowling and chief executive Xu Ke, the 66-year-old revealed on Friday that the definitive discussions would take place next week, before the club’s final game of the season at Leeds.

Sam Allardyce is set to finalise his West Brom future after next week’s game with West Ham

He said: ‘It’s more than likely have a decision before the Leeds game. Myself and the club will put everything to bed before the end of the season and see where we go from there.

‘There has been no decision yet. There is a lot to discuss, go through, a lot to divulge. The shock for me is that I can’t get my head around [relegation] because I never expected it.’

Though performances eventually improved after Allardyce replaced Slaven Bilic last December, Albion could not find the wins they needed to escape the bottom three.

Performances at West Brom improved after Allardyce's hiring but the club have been relegated

Performances at West Brom improved after Allardyce’s hiring but the club have been relegated

Allardyce has now challenged his players to try to finish above 18th-placed Fulham, as they prepare to face in-form Liverpool at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

He added: ‘We’re out of the race with three games to go. We had the opportunity but we failed to take it. I’ve not felt anything like this for a long time.

‘It’s not good, but we need to get over it because we’ve got three very important games from a professional point of view.’

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West Brom are confident they can keep their squad intact after relegation

West Brom are confident they can keep their squad intact as they target an immediate return to the Premier League following relegation with Sam Johnstone, Semi Ajayi and Matheus Pereira all attracting transfer interest

  • West Brom are confident they can keep the bulk of their squad intact next season
  • The Baggies’ relegation from the top flight was confirmed last weekend
  • It means there are likely to be some offers for their top performers this summer
  • Sam Johnstone, Semi Ajayi and Matheus Pereira are all attracting some interest 

West Bromwich Albion are confident they can keep the bulk of their squad at The Hawthorns as they target an immediate return to the Premier League.

The Baggies’ relegation from the top flight was confirmed last weekend when they were beaten at Arsenal, meaning there are likely to be offers for their top performers at the end of the season.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is interesting Tottenham and West Ham while defender Semi Ajayi and playmaker Matheus Pereira are also attracting suitors.

West Brom believe they can keep their squad intact after relegation, despite interest in key players like goalkeeper Sam Johnstone

Ajayi has been impressive in the heart of West Brom's defence

Pereira's creative spark could be useful for a number of top-flight sides

Defender Semi Ajayi (left) and playmaker Matheus Pereira (right) are also attracting suitors

But some of those who played a vital role in helping Albion escape the Championship 12 months ago, such as Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, Dara O’Shea and Darnell Furlong, should be around to attempt a second crack at it.

Albion must also settle on who will guide that promotion campaign.

Their performances have improved since Sam Allardyce took charge in December and the club and Allardyce have yet to decide whether to extend the arrangement.

The 66-year-old would not discuss his future after the 3-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium that sent West Brom down. 

West Brom and manager Sam Allardyce have yet to decide whether to extend his contract

West Brom and manager Sam Allardyce have yet to decide whether to extend his contract

He said: ‘I am not going to answer a question on whether I am staying or going – it will just be a waste of time because I won’t be saying whether I am going or staying.

‘The most important thing for me and the players is to give everything we have got to try and finish the season with pride in your own performance and your own professionalism.

‘The big challenge for us is whether we can lift ourselves like we have done throughout the season.’

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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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Martin Keown backs Arsenal fans’ protests as he admits new owners could be the ‘catalyst’ for change

‘The club is going backwards and they have to arrest that slide’: Martin Keown backs Arsenal fans’ protests as he admits new owners could be the ‘catalyst’ for change at the Emirates… as Joe Cole defends Mikel Arteta because he ‘joined a sinking ship’

  • Arsenal disastrous season effectively came to an end on Thursday evening
  • The Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League after a draw with Villarreal
  • Fans have been protesting in recent weeks and want a change in ownership 
  • Mikel Arteta is under huge pressure and it remains to be seen if he will stay 

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has had his say on the state of affairs at his old club, saying they are going backwards and something must be done to stop that.

The Gunners’ season effrectivelky came to an end on Thursday as they were dumped out of the Europa League following a desperately disappointing 0-0 draw with Villarreal.

Speaking on BT Sport ahead of Sunday’s clash against West Brom, Keown said: ‘the fans need to have their say. The club is becoming stagnated. There’s a lack of investment. 

‘The Kroenkes – do they really love the club? They need to spend massively. Leno wont’ sign a new contract. Luiz is leaving. Bellerin isn’t signing a new contract. There’s a remarkable amount of players that are uncertain of their futures. 

‘Arteta needs to take some responsibility. He’s outsmarted himself. He needs to keep it simple. I do believe he’s an outstanding coach, he needs to prove he’s an outstanding manager. It’s going to be difficult to back him if he loses again.

‘It’s about results. He’s been here 18 months and he’s won an FA Cup, but when we look at league form it’s fallen away. The football club is going backwards and they have to arrest that slide. How much of the problem is about the manager and how much is about the squad? The manager is concerning me because he always blames the players. massive expenditure is needed. new owners could be the catalyst.’

Fellow pundit Joe Cole expressed some sympathy for, saying he had an almost impossible job.

‘I feel for Mikel, he joined a sinking ship. The club had been on a steady decline, eyebrows were raised when he took it – it’s a massive job to take. H

‘He needs to take some responsibility, hopefully he does that privately. This is where Arsenal are at and the fans need to understand that. It’s going to take a few years to turn it around. There are good young players and that’s where the direction needs to be.’

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

LIVE: Aston Villa vs West Brom – Dean Smith’s side looking to inflict more misery on relegation-threatened rivals as Baggies aim to keep survival hopes alive

  • Aston Villa starting XI: Martinez,  Elmohamady, Mings, Konsa, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi, Watkins
  • West Brom starting XI: Johnstone,  Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Townsend, Yokuslu, Gallagher, Maitland-Niles, Robinson, Diagne, Pereira
  • Aston Villa take on Midlands rivals West Brom at Villa Park this evening 
  • The Baggies are looking to keep their unlikely survival hopes alive
  • Dean Smith’s side can move into the top ten with three points 
  • Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results 
  • Premier League table – as it stands 

Aston Villa host Midlands rivals West Brom at Villa Park in tonight’s late kick-off in the Premier League.

Dean Smith’s side are looking to inflict more misery on the Baggies, who sit second bottom of the table and are edging closer towards relegation to the Championship.

However,  a victory will put Sam Allardyce’s team level on points with Fulham and they would close the gap on Brighton to seven points with five games to play.

Follow Sportsmail’s KATHRYN BATTE for live EPL coverage of Aston Villa vs West Brom, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.  

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