Former West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer has suggested that Sam Allardyce left the club because he did not want to take on a long-term rebuilding job.
Allardyce took over as Baggies manager back in December, and claimed 20 points from his 25 league games in charge of the club.
That however, was not enough to prevent West Brom suffering relegation from the Premier League, and it was confirmed at the end of the season that Allardyce had decided not to continue in his role at The Hawthorns.
Now it seems as though Palmer, who made 139 appearances for the Baggies at the start of his career, believes that the size of the job facing Allardyce is what put him off staying with West Brom.
Discussing why he believes Allardyce left the club, Palmer told FootballFanCast: “I’m assuming that it’s a big rebuild job. So that’s a two or three-year job, or somebody comes in who can work with what’s there and get them firing to get promotion next season.
“Reading between the lines, I think that Sam thinks it’s a two or three-year job maybe to get them back up, and at his age [it’s not what he wants].”
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Relegation with West Brom last season was the first time Allardyce has been relegated from the Premier League in his career, and it remains to be seen what the 66-year-old’s next job in management might be.
I do think that Palmer has a point with what he is saying here.
Rumours are already starting to circle around some of the club’s key players from last season, so it does seem as though there will be something of an overhaul that the Baggies will need to go through.
That is something which could certainly take a fair amount of time, particularly if Allardyce’s aim would have been to re-establish the club back in the Premier League.
It is also worth noting that Allardyce has not been a long-term appointment in any of his more recent jobs, so it would of been a break from the recent mould if he was to stick around at West Brom, especially when, as Palmer suggests, he may not want that sort of role at what may be the latter stages of his managerial career.