West Brom are destined for relegation because Sam Allardyce hasn’t had enough time to work with his team on the training ground.
That is according to ex-England right-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after West Brom picked up an impressive point against Manchester United on Sunday in a 1-1 draw.
But Allardyce’s 19th-place side still ended the weekend further adrift from safety than they started it — the gap now stands at 12 points.
Burnley beat Crystal Palace 3-0 and Brighton picked up a point after a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa, while Newcastle are yet to play.
Mills claims that the manager simply hasn’t had enough time on the training ground with his players and that the Baggies’ relegation is all but mathematically secured.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It’s been really difficult for Sam Allardyce. I don’t think he’s had the time on the training ground, that’s his biggest problem. He’s been able to bring in a few bodies, which will certainly help.
“But Sam Allardyce is all about organisation, getting things right at the back, drills, repetition.
“With the training situation that’s going on at the moment, he just hasn’t had time to do that. You start to look at them now, 12 points from safety and they’ve played a game more. That’s four games.
“They’ve won two in 24. Suddenly you’ve got to win four games and that’s if the teams above lose all their games.
“It doesn’t look likely does it?”
Allardyce has not yet overseen a relegation from the top-flight in his near three-decade managerial career.
He has taken charge of eight Premier League teams in that time: Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Everton and West Brom.