Sam Allardyce is capable of leading a doomed West Brom back to the Premier League at the first attempt – but his future lies elsewhere.
That is according to ex-Baggies striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed last Saturday that the 66-year-old is to step down if he fails to keep the Baggies in the Premier League.
It would be a first top-flight relegation for Allardyce who has taken charge of eight Premier League teams in his 28-year managerial career.
He signed an 18-month contract in December believed to contain a break clause which could see him quit at the end of the campaign.
West Brom’s hopes of survival are fading fast after picking up just one point from two crucial matches against Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
Campbell predicts that West Brom could make an immediate return to the Premier League if Allardyce was to remain in charge, though that seems unlikely.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He could definitely lead them out of the Championship because he knows that league as well as the Premier League.
“But it comes down to whether he wants to do it.
“He knows all the leagues pretty well. If he can do it, great. If he can’t, he can’t. That’s life and that’s football.”
West Brom are currently 19th in the table with just nine games remaining.
The gap between them and 17th-place Newcastle stands at 10 point and it would now take an unprecedented run of results to beat the drop.