Allardyce to leave West Brom after rejecting ‘generous offer’


am Allardyce will leave his role as West Brom manager this summer after rejecting the offer of a new contract with the Championship-bound Baggies.

Vastly experienced former England boss Allardyce – who has a long-established reputation as a relegation firefighter – was appointed to replace the sacked Slaven Bilic in December on an 18-month contract that included a break clause at the end of the season.

The 66-year-old was unable to achieve his aim of keeping West Brom in the Premier League as the club’s immediate return to the second tier was confirmed with three games left to play following a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal earlier this month.

Sunday’s trip to face Leeds at Elland Road will therefore be Allardyce’s final match at the helm, with assistant manager Sammy Lee and first-team coach Robbie Stockdale also set to move on.

“West Bromwich Albion made me a generous offer to stay at The Hawthorns that shows the commitment of an ambitious club. After serious consideration I have decided not to accept that offer,” Allardyce said in an official club statement released shortly after the defeat by West Ham.

“If I were to stay and achieve promotion next season the expectation would be for me to continue for at least another season and, sadly, that is not a commitment I feel able to make at this stage of my career.

“I believe the club now needs stability and continuity and this would, in my opinion, best be provided by a young and ambitious manager who can get us back to where we should be as an established Premier League football club.”

“I must thank the players and staff, in particular [technical director] Luke Dowling and [chief executive] Ken (Xu Ke), for their unwavering commitment to a very difficult challenge during my time at the club. This challenge was made all the more difficult, of course, by the enforced absence of the club’s fantastic supporters, some of whom I am delighted were present for our final home game against West Ham United.

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