Sam Allardyce: Arsenal relegate West Brom and end Allardyce’s legacy

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Arsenal football club beat West Brom 3-1 on Sunday, May 9, 2021, to send the team out of the Premier League and ended the legacy of Sam Allardyce. This made it the first time in the managerial career of Allardyce that he led a club to relegation.

In the match which was a must-win for both Arsenal and West Brom, coach Mikel Arteta and his boys took the lead in the 29th minute through the boots of Emile Smith Rowe.

Before the end of the first half, Arsenal doubled their lead, thanks to Nicholas Pepe’s 35th-minute strike which made it obvious that West Brom would know their fate at the end of the match.

However, in the second half, Sam Allardyce and his boys put up a fight to come back into the game. Their effort got them a goal in the 67th minute courtesy of Matheus Pereira’s strike.

Allardyce’s heart was completely broken with Willian’s 90th-minute strike which ended the game 3-1 in favor of the Gunners.

At the end of the game, West Brom joined Sheffield United as the second relegated club in the Premier League this season. Sam Allardyce and his boys went down with 26 points in 35 games, 10 points below safety with 3 league games to go.

Sam Allardyce don’t want to talk about his future

Sam Allardyce in pain after West Brom's defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce in pain after West Brom’s defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce became the coach of West Brom when the club still had 25 games to the end of the season. At that point, the club was already in the relegation zone but it was believed that the 66-year-old coach who was famous for rescuing clubs from relegation would save the club.

However, the veteran coach who has coached in the Premier League for 17 different seasons ended up leading West Brom to relegation. That made it the 5th time West Brom have been relegated in the club’s history.

Under Allardyce, West Brom recorded 11 defeats, 7 draws, and only four wins. He earned the club just 19 points in 22 games which was not enough to prevent the club from going down.

After the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal which confirmed West Brom as a relegated team, the veteran coach said it was too early for him to start talking about his future with the relegated club.

He said: “It’s too early to consider or talk about. It’s about the disappointment. Tonight it’s about having a day or two off and getting ready for Liverpool.

“The most important thing for me and the players is to give everything we have got to try and finish the season with pride in your own performance and your own professionalism.

“The big challenge for us is can we lift ourselves as we have done throughout the season.”

On the fact that West Brom has been relegated, he noted that: “It’s not sunk in yet, but I’m sure I’ll wake up tomorrow and realize the situation. I’m bitterly disappointed we’re not still in the fight.

“I’m not saying we would have avoided relegation but we should have been closer, we should have taken it down to the last three games, based on how we performed. The creating of chances has been there but the converting has not. We had [enough] the time to pull it around.

“Our real problem was not beating the bottom-six sides when we came up against them. That would have given us a better chance of survival. The results against Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City should have been bonus points.”