Sam Allardyce is ready to stay at West Brom even if they are relegated from the Premier League, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The former England manager agreed a deal last December that runs for 18 months, although it is believed to include a break clause that can be triggered at the end of this season.
It has been widely expected that Allardyce would step down if the first Premier League relegation of his career is confirmed and the club drop down to the Championship.
But a West Brom source has told Football Insider that Allardyce has had a change of heart and is planning to stay on next season.
The 66-year-old does not want to finish his career on a sour note of relegation and would like the opportunity to lead the Baggies back to the Premier League.
That is a gamechanger for Baggies chiefs, who had been putting out feelers for potential candidates to succeed Allardyce.
The likes of Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton and former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes have been internally discussed as potential candidates.
But the possibility of keeping hold of proven Alllardyce is unlikely one that West Brom will turn down as they target instant promotion in the event they go down.
That appears to be inevitable as the Midlands outfit are rooted in the bottom three and remain nine points adrift of safety with just five matches remaining.
Allardyce has publicly been non-committal over his future beyond this campaign.
He replaced Slaven Bilic at the helm with West Brom 19th in the table and on just seven points.
The experienced Premier League manager negotiated a deal in which he will receive a £2million bonus if he keeps the Baggies up.