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West Brom’s relegation confirmed, Allardyce relegated from EPL for first time as manager



Sam Allardyce

West Brom’s Relegation Confirmed


Arsenal fire the Baggies back to the Championship as Big Sam’s survival record goes up in smoke

Following the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal over the weekend, West Brom’s return to the Championship has finally been confirmed after a single season. The clubs fifth relegation leaves the Baggies with the joint-most relegations alongside Norwich City in Premier League history and also consigns Manager Sam Allardyce to his first relegation in his entire managerial career.

After a miserable goalless draw in mid-week against Villarreal consigned Arsenal to another trophyless season, Mikel Arteta made six changes to the starting line up. Dropping both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey to the bench. While Sam Allardyce, who knew that a defeat would condemn his side to relegation, was without Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

A stunning Nicolas Pepe effort after a well worked first Premier League goal for Emile Smith-Rowe gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead at the break. Before Matheus Pereira halved the deficit in the second half and gave West Brom some hope with their first shot of the game. Unfortunately though, the Baggies were unable to find an equaliser and a terrific Willian free kick sealed all three points for the home side in extra time.


What next for Sam Allardyce?

For manager Sam Allardyce, the future is now very unclear. Talks with the club are due on Wednesday to decide his future with the 66 year old unsure about managing in the Championship next season. Having replaced Slaven Bilic in December, Allardyce’s contract still has a year to run but does include a clause that allows either party to part company following relegation to the Championship.

West Brom appear open to keeping Allardyce on, but only time will tell if the feeling is mutual. Despite relegation, the Englishman has impressed during his short spell at the club. Taking points from Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, who they beat 5-2 at Stamford Bridge. Allardyce refused to discuss his future following defeat at The Emirates Stadium, with the questions certain to continue until a final decision is made by the two parties.


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