By Kieran Maguire

5th Mar, 2021 | 6:00pm

Maguire: West Brom stars in line for 50% wage cut amid Allardyce threat

West Brom players could see their wages slashed in half if they cannot stave off Premier League relegation. 

That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Sam Allardyce told BBC Sport that players face “heavy reductions” unless they can help steer the ship away from the rocks.

“The players’ futures is in their own hands. It is their signature on the contract,” the 66-year-old said.

Big Sam’s side are teetering on the edge of relegation and find themselves nine points from safety with just 11 games to play.

Maguire explains that West Brom’s players are not the best-paid in the league but that they could see their wages slashed in half if relegated.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think in the environment that we are now operating in, we could easily see 40-50% wage reduction for a club like West Brom.

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“It will be embedded into contracts so it certainly will be enough to focus the mind. They aren’t on the biggest contracts in the Premier League to begin with.

“Players could see their wages dropped from £40,000-per-week to £20,000-per-week quite easily.”

West Brom lost 1-0 to Everton on Thursday evening and face arguably the biggest match of their season against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Defeat against the Magpies will leave the Baggies 12 points adrift and Allardyce staring down the barrel of a first-ever relegation as a manager.

In other news, a top pundit has demanded refereeing reform after the shambles in West Brom vs Brighton last week.