Former England manager Sam Allardyce has refused to commit his future to West Brom after suffering the first relegation of his career to the Premier League.
The Baggies are the eighth club Allardyce has managed in the England top flight, but Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal doomed them to failure.
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.
He and the club now have the option of a break-up clause.
Only Birmingham have suffered more top-tier relegations than West Brom’s total of 11, while Allardyce has managed 17 different seasons in the competition.
Allardyce, who was briefly in charge of England in 2016, has built a formidable reputation as a relegation firefighter, saving 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 and they have only managed five wins in 35 games this season.
The 66-year-old said “words cannot describe” his feelings about his relegation to the Championship, but would give no indication of his future.
“I’m not going to answer a question of whether I stay or if I go – it will just be a waste of time because I won’t say if I go or if I stay,” he said.
“It’s too early to consider or talk about it. This is the disappointment. “
Allardyce, who set his managerial benchmarks during an eight-year stint at Bolton, said his goal was to end the campaign with three respectable performances.
“I want to win all three games, but if I could pick just one it would be West Ham (their last home game on May 19) because the fans will be there,” Allardyce told the BBC.
“I often thought about what the local supporters could have done. I think they could have been the extra man and pushed us to win some of those draws at the Hawthorns. “
If Fulham loses at home to Burnley on Monday, they will join West Brom and Sheffield United in second place next season.
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