Sam Allardyce admits he is no longer “cr**ping it” after having a Covid vaccination.
The West Brom boss,66, was very worried for wife Lynne when the variant hit after he had returned to management in December.
But veteran boss Big Sam reckons he feels a lot safer now and even more focused on Albion’s relegation battle.
Ahead of Brighton’s visit on Saturday, Allardyce revealed: “I had the Covid jab with my wife two weeks ago on Monday.
“I feel very safe – or much safer now, not just for me but for my wife.
“In all honesty I was terrified that if I got Covid, how bad would I get it?
“More importantly if I passed it on to my wife and that caused her some of the problems people had suffered.
“I wouldn’t have known how badly it would affect her so I was absolutely – for the want of a better word – almost cr**ping myself about it.
“I was very concerned about us – and me particularly – being as safe as possible while getting back in amongst these young men and trying to help them out which is obviously what I love doing.
“But since we’ve had the jab I feel safer, my wife feels safer and it’s better for me to work because of how safe I feel.
“I’m still tested twice a week just like everybody else.
“Apparently I can still have it and pass it on but I wouldn’t have it to the level which would put me in hospital.”
Allardyce was appointed on an 18-month contract at The Hawthorns , which includes an end of season break clause in the event of relegation.
He is desperate to keep the club up but insists he will not be short of offers if he fails.
Allardyce, who has won just one of 12 League games, added: “I’d be devastated from a personal point of view and for the club not to have survived the first season back at this level.
“Personally it would affect me but it mightn’t affect my credibility too much in terms of people know what I can do.
“If you’re established as a manager other jobs come along.
“That’s not what I want to achieve at West Brom but it’s what might happen.
“I won’t be happy, the club won’t be happy because I’ve not done what they wanted me to do, and the players won’t be happy because they’ll get heavy reductions in their salary.”