Sam Allardyce will cast out any West Brom players who are undisciplined during his time in charge, according to Alan Hutton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa defender believes the new Baggies boss used Jake Livermore as a warning to the rest of the squad after being sent off in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Villa.
As quoted by the Independent, Allardyce blasted the 31-year-old, stating he “won’t accept another sending off” and that an experienced player like Livermore should not be putting himself in that position.
The former Hull City and Spurs midfielder was dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Jack Grealish which was upgraded from a yellow to a red card after VAR intervened.
Hutton believes Livermore will be back into the side when available and that Allardyce’s damning comments were a one-time warning shot to the rest of the squad.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He should lead by example and that’s probably what’s let them down a little bit, in a difficult situation they’ve went down to 10 men and it was just they were never going to come back from that.
“I wonder if he’s using – I don’t mean using – but that he’s pointing out Jake and his performance and being the captain and giving him a bit within the press to let everybody else know that: ‘I’m not going to stand for this, this is not what I’m about, and if you do that, you will not play for me. Simple as that.’
“I think he’s putting down a marker there, I know Jake well, he’s a great lad, he’s done a bad tackle and he has to pay the price for that but I’m sure Sam Allardyce will need him in the next upcoming games when he’s available.”
The Baggies currently sit second-last in the Premier League table, five points off last-placed Sheffield United but already three behind Fulham in 17th.