Sam Allardyce wants financial guarantees before committing future to West Brom

Former England manager describes first Premier League relegation as ‘painful’

Sam Allardyce, manager of West Bromwich Albion, reacts during the defeat at Arsenal which confirmed relegation.

Sam Allardyce will wait to see what West Brom’s financial situation is like before committing his future to the club.

Allardyce oversaw the Baggies’ relegation from the Premier League after a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday confirmed their drop.

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Despite taking over when the club were only two points from safety, the ex-England manager couldn’t do enough to keep them up and saw them slip further behind the rest of the league during his tenure.

Despite that, there remains a clamour from West Brom fans to keep the 66-year-old in charge of their club as they look to bounce back from the Championship at the first attempt.

Allardyce has 12 months remaining on his deal but has yet to reveal his plans for next season and whether he will look to lead the promotion charge after confirming last month that relegation would mean both he and the club now have the option of a break clause.

"It is painful,” admitted Allardyce. “I wanted it [survival] for the club and players more than me, but it hasn't happened.

"Everyone has to accept it and recover quickly.

“I am not going to answer a question on whether I am staying or going – it will just be a waste of time because I won’t be saying whether I am going or staying.

"It would depend on what is decided when figures are set. At this moment I have no idea what the figures are or aren't.

“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 like we have done throughout the season.”

The relegation is the first in his time as a Premier League manager for Allardyce, who has a win percentage of just 33% after 534 top flight games.