BIG SAM BYE: Allardyce is leaving West Brom
West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that manager Sam Allardyce is stepping down following their failure to avoid relegation.
Allardyce was brought in following the sacking of Slaven Bilic in December to steer the Baggies clear of danger.
However, they never really looked like getting out of the relegation zone.
Sam Allardyce had never been relegated from the Premier League until this season with West Brom.
The former Bolton and England boss said he couldn't commit to Albion for the long term.
Not a commitment I can make at this stage of my career - Sam Allardyce on why he's stepping down at West Brom
Allardyce, 66, said, "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.
"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."
Allardyce went on to say that he will help the club find his successor after they asked for his opinion.
He said he's "more than happy" to help but his focus remains on the pitch until the season ends.
Allardyce added: "The club have asked for my opinion on the qualities my successor will require and I have been more than happy to offer my thoughts.
"The search for my replacement starts after the final game of the season at Leeds United.
"In the meantime, we will be concentrating fully on the preparation for that game and will do everything we can to finish the season with as many points as possible."
Antonio comments a "disgrace" Baggies boss fumes
His final home game in charge was a 3-1 defeat at the hands of one of his old teams West Ham.
Hammers striker Michail Antonio said they knew what to expect from Allardyce's side after describing his style of play.
The forward, when asked about the challenge of playing West Brom, said, "Big guys, hitting the channel... You know how Sam always plays.”
Allardyce was enraged by the comment and felt it necessary to address his anger to the press.
“He (Antonio) has just insulted me and my team,” Allardyce said.
“It’s disgusting what he said. I think he should go back and watch the game and see how really played.
"Our front two are five foot 10 and five foot nine, so I don’t know what big men he saw running in the channel.
"I haven’t been more than that for the last six to seven years because it’s all you lot talk about. Just like Michail Antonio said, ‘it’s Sam, we’re long ball. It’s Sam, the way we play.’"
It seemed the soon-to-be-leaving Baggies boss is still bitter about their defeat to Liverpool in which goalkeeper Alisson scored the winner.
"I’ve never played the same at any club I’ve been at and if you thought that was long ball today then somebody is deluded," he continued.
"We played long ball against Liverpool because it was the right way to play and we should have got a result against them.
"They didn’t like it. But it shows if you play a simple game against Liverpool, you can get at them, get behind them and you can get chances.
"They’ve gone and beat Burnley 3-0 tonight, they were dead lucky to beat us the other night, dead lucky.
"Today, West Ham didn’t deserve to beat us 3-1, but that’s our fault - nobody else’s."
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