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West Brom facing star exits and will consider Chris Wilder if Sam Allardyce goes

West Brom face star player exits and potentially more managerial upheaval after relegation.

Baggies boss Sam Allardyce refused to reveal whether he intends to stay after Albion went straight back down.

The former England manager has a break clause in his contract following his appointment in December.

Crunch talks are now scheduled this week with The Hawthorns hierarchy to decide his future.

Allardyce,66, has apologised for relegation but wants assurances on funds to mount a promotion challenge if he stays.

While Albion’s sporting and technical director Luke Dowling has to weigh up whether the veteran is the right man to build the club’s future around under their Chinese owners, who operate a self-sufficient model.

Sam Allardyce and West Brom must decide whether to activate the veteran manager’s break clause in his contract after relegation

It is shaping up to be a summer of change in Albion’s squad with influential loanees Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Okay Yokuslu and Mbaye Diagne all set to go.

Star duo Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira are also set to be sold with Allardyce confirming the club are unlikely to be able to turn down juicy bids.

Former Manchester United trainee and England hopeful Johnstone,28, tops the table for Premier League saves this season with 150 but only has one year left on his contract.

Brazilian attacking ace Pereira,25, is in demand after five assists and ten goals, including a magnificent solo strike at Arsenal in a 3-1 loss which condemned the club to the drop.

“Probably not,” replied Allardyce, when asked if Albion can keep Pereira for another year.

“I hope I am not speaking out of turn.

Matheus Pereira scored his 10th League goal of the season at Arsenal but it wasn’t enough to save the Baggies from the drop in a 3-1 loss

“It is not my responsibility or my decision. I’d have a say in it perhaps.

“But I think in the position the club is in, they will find it very difficult if the right offer comes in to keep a player of his quality.”

Allardyce replaced Slaven Bilic in December and has improved Albion after a baptism of fire and several heavy losses.

They have picked up 14 points from their last 12 games which is survival form since February 14 – including a stunning 5-2 win at Chelsea.

The upturn has coincided with all their January loanees Maitland-Niles, Yokuslu and Diagne getting in the side to start together.

Yet now it is back to the drawing board for Albion with the trio set to leave and other exits likely.

Including, potentially, Allardyce himself if talks over next season do not go well with former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder likely to be on Albion’s shortlist.

Allardyce assessed: “We’ve tried our best and I’m very sorry we haven’t made it.

“We had the opportunity in February to close the gap and get much-needed points on the board when we played against teams like Fulham and Sheffield United.

“We didn’t manage to win any of them.

“We should have put those teams to bed.

“I also just wonder what it might have been like if we had had the fans behind us at home but unfortunately they couldn’t be there to help us because of the pandemic.”




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