Allardyce Refuses To Discuss Future After West Brom Relegation

West Bromwich Albion’s English head coach Sam Allardyce (C) looks on from the dugout during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 9, 2021.
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Former England manager Sam Allardyce has refused to commit his future to West Brom after suffering the first Premier League relegation of his career.

The Baggies are the eighth club Allardyce has managed in the English top flight but Sunday’s 3-1 loss at Arsenal condemned them to the drop.

Allardyce’s contract runs until the end of the 2021/22 season but he has yet to reveal his plans for next season and whether he will lead the promotion charge.

Both he and the club now have the option of a break clause.

Only Birmingham have suffered more top-flight relegations than West Brom’s total of 11, while Allardyce has managed in 17 different seasons in the competition.

Allardyce, who was briefly in charge of England in 2016, has established a fearsome reputation as a relegation firefighter, rescuing a number of clubs including Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

He was brought in to replace Slaven Bilic in December but was unable to turn West Brom’s fortunes around and they have managed just five wins from their 35 games this season.

The 66-year old said “words cannot describe” his feelings about being relegated to the Championship but would not give any indications on his future.

“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,” he said.

“It’s too early to consider or talk about. It’s about the disappointment.”

Allardyce, who established his managerial credentials during an eight-year spell at Bolton, said his focus was to finish the campaign with three respectable performances.

“I want to win all three games but if I could choose just one, it would be West Ham (their final home match on May 19) because the fans will be there,” Allardyce told the BBC.

“I have often thought what home fans might have done. I think they might have been the extra man and lifted us to win some of those draws at the Hawthorns.”

If Fulham lose at home to Burnley on Monday they will join West Brom and Sheffield United in the second tier next season.

Allardyce Appointed Manager Of Struggling West Brom

Everton Have Golden Opportunity To Beat Liverpool, Says Allardyce
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Sam Allardyce has been named manager of Premier League strugglers West Brom to replace Slaven Bilic who was sacked earlier on Wednesday, the club announced.

Allardyce who signed an 18-month contract with the Baggies will immediately begin the quest for the revival of the club with a game against Aston Villa on Sunday.

“In Sam, we have a man who has a proven Premier League pedigree with a track record of improving every club he has managed,” Sporting and Technical Director, Luke Dowling, said.

“We believe and, more importantly, Sam believes we have a group of players that have the quality needed to give the club its best chance of Premier League survival.”

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Bilic was sacked just hours after drawing 1-1 with Manchester City but with West Brom second from bottom of the table after 13 matches.

While the club described the manager as an “experienced boss,” the Dudley-born coach is returning to the team he started his coach career with more than 30 years ago when he worked with Trian Talbot.

The gaffer with 512 Premier League games to his name arrived The Hawthorns with his long-time assistant, Sammy Lee, the club added.

West Brom is the eight Premier League side that the 66-year-old will be working with after coaching Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton.

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West Brom Sack Slaven Bilic, Allardyce Among Favourites To Take Over

 

Slaven Bilic became the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season when he was sacked by struggling West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old Croatian’s sacking comes with the side 19th in the table but on the back of an encouraging 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Tuesday.

Bilic had been at the club for only 18 months but had earned the admiration of the fans after leading West Brom to automatic promotion from the Championship last season.

Although results had been generally poor this term Bilic had been given little funding to bring in players in the close season. His budget for transfers was limited to £20 million ($27 million).

 

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West Brom have garnered seven points from their 13 matches so far and have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded 26 goals.

Bilic’s relations with the board appeared tense from the start of the campaign with no discussions talking place about extending or renewing his contract which was due to run out at the end of this season.

“West Bromwich Albion have today parted company with Head Coach Slaven Bilic,” read a club statement.

“Albion would like to thank Slaven and his coaching staff for their efforts in achieving promotion last season and wishes them all well in the future.

“The club will make no further comment at this time.”

Former England manager Sam Allardyce is among the favourites to fill the vacancy.

The 66-year-old’s last managerial post was with Everton, who he left in 2018.

Media reports suggest Allardyce will be offered an 18-month contract. In a sign that his appointment may be imminent, he has cancelled scheduled work with a radio station.

Bilic’s sacking makes him the latest first managerial departure in a Premier League season for six years, since it took 18 games for Cardiff City to dismiss Neil Warnock in the 2014-15 season.

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Allardyce ‘Disappointed’ By Everton Sacking

Everton’s English Manager, Sam Allardyce awaits kick off in the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Everton at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, South Wales.
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Sam Allardyce said he was disappointed at his sacking from Everton but knew it was coming after media speculation over his departure reached fever pitch.

The 63-year-old was jettisoned after less than six months in charge at Goodison Park after a short meeting with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri on Wednesday.

The former England manager was brought in as Ronald Koeman’s replacement in November but his rudimentary style of play proved deeply unpopular with fans of the Merseyside club and the atmosphere became toxic.

But Allardyce was unhappy with the way his exit was touted in the media well before he had received official confirmation.

“I’m surprised how it came about. It seemed to be done and dusted through the media before I met Farhad,” he told talkSPORT radio.

“I think it was out there in the open for a couple of days. That leaves you with the certainty of what was going to happen.

“It was slightly disappointing. Who was involved in that I couldn’t tell you, but something as delicate as that is something you want to be confidential.”

Allardyce said most of the club’s fans were behind him as he lifted the club away from relegation danger to finish a comfortable ninth in the Premier League.

“I think there were certainly more Everton fans who were happy with what we were doing and going in the right direction than the ones that weren’t,” he said.

“Those who show discontent are the ones who are more open and vocal about it. The ones who are satisfied don’t really say too much.”

Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is the favourite to take over and could complete the move to Goodison Park six months after the club failed to prise him away from Vicarage Road.

Everton moved quickly to clear the decks following Allardyce’s sacking, with his backroom staff of Sammy Lee, Craig Shakespeare and Martyn Margetson released and director of football Steve Walsh replaced by PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands.

The Dutchman has been tasked with an overhaul of the system at the club, having first been contacted by the Toffees two years ago prior to Walsh’s appointment.

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Rooney ‘Hasn’t Asked To Leave’ – Everton

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Everton Manager, Sam Allardyce, said Friday Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave the club despite reports he has agreed a “deal in principle” to move to the United States.

Rooney has reportedly agreed a £12.5 million ($17 million) deal with Major League Soccer side DC United that would see the 32-year-old leave his boyhood club just 12 months after rejoining them from Manchester United.

But it is understood that he has not yet decided whether he will leave Everton as he is waiting for uncertainty over Allardyce’s position to be resolved.

“My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we’ll see later on,” said the manager.

“I don’t get involved in transfers but there seems to be an interest from DC United. Only when I speak to him today I’ll find out where the situation lies.

“I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s get this clear, Wayne Rooney hasn’t asked to leave.”

Allardyce, who has had a troubled relationship with Everton’s fans, who are unhappy at his style of play, said: “Wayne is a special player but if any player wants to leave they can, in my opinion. Whether they can or can’t is another matter.

“The headline isn’t ‘Sam says Wayne Rooney can leave if he wants to’. If any player wants to leave they can go. I don’t want to create the headline.”

Asked whether he was surprised negotiations had already taken place, Allardyce replied: “No, it is not my responsibility anymore to be at that level of negotiations.

“The game has changed massively in the last few years. Those areas of negotiations are taken out of a manager’s hands now.

“In the old days’ managers would be involved in every negotiation and every transfer, that is not the case anymore.”

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Walcott Downs Newcastle To Boost Under-Fire Allardyce

Walcott Downs Newcastle To Boost Under-Fire Allardyce
Everton’s English striker Theo Walcott (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park… on April 23, 2018. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Theo Walcott did his best to boost Sam Allardyce’s approval rating as the Everton winger clinched a 1-0 win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday.

Allardyce has been under fire for Everton’s dour style of play since he was hired in November and fans called for his dismissal following a draw at struggling Swansea City in their previous match.

The pressure on the former England manager was increased by his own club last week when Everton took the curious decision to send a survey to a group of supporters asking them to rate his performance on a scale of zero to 10.

Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright apologised for a gaffe that added to the perception Allardyce is on borrowed time with Everton.

Against that troubled backdrop, Allardyce — who has lifted Everton away from the relegation zone in his brief reign — couldn’t afford to see his side’s winless run extend to four matches against the club that sacked him 10 years ago.

Walcott ensured Allardyce wouldn’t hear a chorus of disapproval for one night at least as the former Arsenal star netted in the second half at Goodison Park to lift Everton into eighth place.

Rafael Benitez’s 100th match as Newcastle boss marked the end of their four-game winning run as the Magpies remain in mid-table.

Ayoze Perez had an early sight of goal from Mohamed Diame’s pass but, summing up the ugly nature of a scrappy opening period, it hit his shin and dribbled towards Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Allardyce’s team weren’t faring any better. They could have taken the lead when Michael Keane guided Wayne Rooney’s cross towards the far post, but Phil Jagielka couldn’t keep his lunging effort on target.

Perez was having a night to forget and after he shot wide from a good position early in the second half, Everton made the breakthrough in the 51st minute.

Yannick Bolasie swung a cross to the far post and when Newcastle failed to clear, Walcott pounced on a fortuitous deflection and smashed into the roof of the net for his first goal since January.

Islam Slimani was anonymous in his first league start since joining on loan from Leicester and the Newcastle striker was replaced by Dwight Gayle, who should have snatched an equaliser moments after coming on.

Jamaal Lascelles headed down and Gayle was in position to strike from close range, but instead fired over as Benitez shook his head in frustration.

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Everton Have Golden Opportunity To Beat Liverpool, Says Allardyce

Everton Have Golden Opportunity To Beat Liverpool, Says Allardyce
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Sam Allardyce said Friday that the fixture calendar has presented Everton with a golden opportunity to end their long winless run in the Merseyside derby as he bids to snuff out Liverpool’s attackers.

It is more than seven years and 16 matches since the blue half of the city celebrated victory over their closest rivals, with Liverpool winning four of the past five encounters.

But the derby falls between the two legs of Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s side will head into Saturday’s match with more than half an eye on the second leg after their stunning 3-0 victory in the first outing.

Allardyce is hoping to exploit the situation, saying: “I think it’s an advantage we could possibly take. If we had to play Liverpool in a derby match, it’s a good time to do that. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”

The Everton boss was impressed by Liverpool’s performance against City, who convincingly beat Everton last weekend, and is hoping his side can adopt similar tactics at Goodison Park.

“If I have to say my players, ‘we’ve got to do to Liverpool what Liverpool did to Man City tomorrow’, that would be the plan,” he said.

Everton held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in December in just Allardyce’s second Premier League game in charge and there is no doubt the former England boss has steadied the ship after the club flirted with the bottom three earlier in the season under Ronald Koeman.

But he remains a divisive figure among Everton fans and there is continued speculation that his tenure will not continue beyond the end of the season.

The Toffees boss hit out at the media for fuelling such talk, saying: “Your lives are really run by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram far too much. You’re professional journalists, you shouldn’t listen to speculating unprofessionals.”

“I personally don’t think I could have done much more than I have done with the staff that I’ve got in the period of time I’ve been working here,” he added.

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Everton Appoint Allardyce As New Manager – Report

Everton have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager, ending a long hunt since they sacked Ronald Koeman last month, the British press reported on Wednesday.

The Daily Mail reported Allardyce had signed an 18-month deal and quoted owner Farhad Moshiri as saying: “We need a strong leader, he gives us that.”

The former England boss ruled himself out of the running earlier this month, saying he did not feel the Toffees were convinced he was the right man.

But after Everton’s pursuit of Watford boss Marco Silva was met with a firm rebuttal from Vicarage Road, the club returned to Allardyce.

This will be the 10th English club managerial position of the 63-year-old’s career, with Allardyce most recently having guided Crystal Palace to safety last season.

When he left Selhurst Park in May, Allardyce said he had no ambitions to take another managerial job but the chance to turn around the fortunes of the Merseyside club has apparently lured him back.

Everton are 17th in the table, two points ahead of West Ham in 18th.

David Unsworth has been in temporary charge since Koeman was sacked on October 23 and the under-23s boss had made clear his desire to take on the job permanently.

But during his seven-game tenure Everton have lost five and won just one.

Everton invested heavily following last season’s impressive seventh-place finish.

Allardyce has previously led Palace and Sunderland to safety from precarious situations.

His achievements at the Stadium of Light earned him his dream job with England but that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting.

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Sakho To Miss Crystal Palace’s Final Games – Allardyce

Sam AllardyceSam Allardyce has confirmed that Mamadou Sakho will miss Crystal Palace’s remaining two games in the English Premier League.

The 27-year-old defender has not played since being stretchered off during Palace’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on April 26.

Allardyce’s side sit three points above the relegation zone, ahead of Sunday’s match against Hull City, while they travel to Manchester United for their final game of the season.

Sakho, who is on loan at Palace from Liverpool, has been a firm success at Selhurst Park.

He was named on the club’s shortlist for Fans’ Player of the Year, despite featuring only eight times.

Eddie Howe Wins First Premier League Honour

Eddie Howe Wins First Premier League Honour
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Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month.

The 39-year-old clinched the honour for the first time, after masterminding the club’s unbeaten run in March.

Bournemouth won two and drew one of their three matches to progress to 11th position on the league table, and nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Howe was selected ahead of Crystal Palace’s Sam Allardyce, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino and Craig Shakespeare of Leicester City.

Wayne Rooney Named On The Bench Against Slovenia

England-Wayne-RooneyEngland is set to drop Captain Wayne Rooney to the bench for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

In order to prevent last-minute injuries, Manager Gareth Southgate would leave the 30-year-old English forward out of the starting 11.

Southgate would address the press in Slovenia at 18:30 BST on Monday.

Former England’s national team manager, Sam Allardyce, had described Rooney as the right choice to lead the team.

Coach Allardyce said that the Manchester United skipper was hugely respected by his peers and has enjoyed the responsibility as captain.

Rooney is England’s record goal scorer and took on the armband from Steven Gerrard in 2015.

Sam Allardyce Steps Down As England Manager

Sam AllardyceSam Allardyce has stepped down as England manager after just two months on the job.

The former Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers boss was forced out after a newspaper sting filmed him telling undercover reporters how to bend rules on third party ownership of players.

He is alleged to have met the bogus consortium of Far East businessmen seeking advice on the English Premier League’s billion pound transfer market.

During meetings with undercover reporters from the Daily Telegraph, Allardyce is reported to have criticised his predecessor Roy Hodgson, saying he “hasn’t got the personality” for public speaking.

The former Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United manager is also alleged to have said England’s players were underperforming because they had a “psychological barrier” and “can’t cope”.

He was also accused of using his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal.

An FA statement said Allardyce’s conduct “was inappropriate” and Gareth Southgate will take temporary charge for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia next month.

“He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised,” the FA said.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA’s priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football.

“The manager of the England men’s senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.”