Chris Wilder early favourite as Allardyce warns West Brom not to go foreign

Sam Allardyce has warned West Brom not to risk their rebuild by bringing a foreign manager in from overseas.

Big Sam announced he was quitting as Baggies boss after last night’s defeat to West Ham and will wait until he gets “the tingle” before returning to football.

But Allardyce, who shared a few beers with Hammers boss David Moyes before facing the media, had a message for relegated West Brom.

In his resignation statement, the 66-year-old mentioned the need to bring in “a young and ambitious manager”.

But Allardyce, who once joked he’d be a top four boss if his name was Allardici, went further when pushed on what type he’d go for.

He said: "I think you look at where they've had success before, be it from this division or lower down.

“I still think it’s risky taking a foreign manager at this level unless he’s already working in this country.

“To bring somebody in without any experience of how it works over here is more risky.”

Chris Wilder is the early favourite to take over at the Hawthorns, but West Brom will take their time finding the right candidate.

Allardyce insists whoever gets the job will have money to spend and “the basis” of a good squad.

But he said: “Only one in three clubs go up in the first year so it may take a bit longer.”

Allardyce feels he’s been unfairly “pigeon-holed” as a firefighter type who comes in to save clubs in trouble.

But the former Newcastle, Bolton and West Ham boss says he’s come to terms with that.

And he admitted he could be back in a job by Christmas if the right call comes in from the latest struggler.

Allardyce said: “When you’re put in that pigeonhole you might as well stay there. As a trouble-shooter, a saviour.

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  • “I can’t dictate whether I get back into football or not. It’s when someone comes calling. It’s usually someone who’s in trouble, and comes in December.

    “Right now, I’ll spend a few weeks with the wife trying to get some sun, if that’s at all possible in this goddamn pandemic.

    “You can get the tingle to go back in, but you have to wait for somebody to believe to you can do a job for them.

    “I’m at that stage of my life now that if that doesn’t happen I’m comfortable

    “I’ve tried to leave it alone a few times and said I’m retiring but I can’t say it this time because I keep making myself look a fool by coming back.”

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