Sam Allardyce steps down as director of West Brom
SAM ALLARDYCE to step down as West Bromwich Albion manager
Sam Allardyce, speaking after his club’s 3-1 loss to Western ham at Hawthorns Wednesday evening (19 May), announced he would step down as manager of the recently relegated West Bromwich Albion at the end of this season.
‘Big Sam’ had replaced Slaven Bilic as Baggies head coach in December 2020, and the manager – who has a reputation for being a specialist in preventing clubs from being relegated from the top flight – revealed to Sky Sports that the club had made him a ‘generous offer’ to stay with them and guide them back to prime ministerial post from the Sky Bet Championship next season, but that he could not commit.
Allardyce said in a statement, and at Sky Sports, “West Bromwich Albion has made a generous offer to me to stay at The Hawthorns, which shows the commitment of an ambitious club. After careful consideration, I have decided not to accept this offer ”.
Continuing, “For me, that’s a long-term perspective for someone more than me. I am, as you always say, a man who comes and saves a club, a man in the short term. I’m happy with it. It’s been my life for the past few years. I think someone has to take the club by the skin of the neck and lift it up. I thank the club for the opportunity to stay and I want to thank the fans who cheered us on tonight ”.
Asked about the efforts of the West Brom hierarchy to keep him, he replied, “Everything is fine. But I am my own manager as you know. Here is who I am. They were very generous. I was very happy and flattered that they wanted me to stay ”.
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