Martin Keown says Sam Allardyce may regret taking West Brom job

Martin Keown labels West Bromwich Albion a ‘disaster’ since Sam Allardyce took charge as Arsenal legend believes Baggies boss ‘wishes he was sat by the fire’ instead of taking the reigns at strugglers

  • Martin Keown believes Sam Allardyce may regret taking on the West Brom job 
  • The Baggies are winless in the former England boss’ first four games in charge 
  • Their 4-0 loss to Arsenal keeps the Albion deep in the relegation places
  • Keown said the situation at West Brom has been a ‘disaster’ since he took over 

Martin Keown believes Sam Allardyce ‘wishes he was sat by the fire’ instead of in the dugout as the new West Bromwich Albion boss oversaw another defeat for the Premier League strugglers.

Allardyce, 66, arrived at The Hawthorns last month, taking the reigns from Slaven Bilic with the club in the relegation mire having returned to the top flight from the Championship.

However, the veteran manager’s arrival has not yielded a transformation of results for the West Midlands side, with Allardyce winless in his first four games in charge, shipping 13 goals in the process.

Martin Keown believes Sam Allardyce may regret taking the West Brom post this season

The Baggies are winless in four since Allardyce took over with relegation a real threat

Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at home to Arsenal keeps the Baggies well inside the bottom three, sitting six points behind 17th-placed Brighton in 19th. 

And Arsenal legend Keown believes Allardyce may be regretting taking on his latest rescue mission, having saved a number of struggling sides in years gone by.   

‘Really concerning for West Bromwich Abion and Sam Allardyce,’ Keown told BT Sport. 

The former England boss has saved clubs before but Keown thinks this may be a job too far

Keown said the situation at The Hawthorns has been a ‘disaster’ since Big Sam’s arrival

‘I bet he wishes he was sitting by the fire with his slippers on instead of venturing into this campaign because it has been a disaster since he came into the role. 

‘You sympathise but he knew what the job entailed. It’s not working at the moment, there’s only so many rollockings you can get as players. Sounds like they’ve had a few. He’s going to have to work with nucleus of this group and it’s just not happening.’

Meanwhile, former Albion midfielder Gareth Barry opined that his old club ‘have gone backwards’ in recent weeks, having conceded nine goals after the commendable 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.   

Ex-West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry said the task ahead for the new manager is ‘huge’ 

‘Yeah it has (felt like West Bromwich Albion) have gone backwards,’ he added. ‘Had the one positive result going away from home, but 12 goals conceded in three home games, there’s alarming concerns for West Brom. 

‘[They’ve got a] bit of a break before the next league game, hopefully a couple of signings will come in, but big few weeks for West Brom. In his heart of hearts he knows the task ahead is huge.’ 

West Brom face Blackpool next in the FA Cup third round before travelling to Molineux to take on Wolves in the first Black Country Derby in 10 years.  

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