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Sam Allardyce has had 'no contact' from West Brom

Sam Allardyce has confirmed he’s not been contacted about Albion’s vacant head coach role – but the former England manager would be open to an approach.

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce

Dudley-born Allardyce has previously been a first team coach at The Hawthorns under Brian Talbot between 1989 and 1991.

The odds on him becoming the next permanent Albion boss tumbled dramatically on Monday, when he became the odds-on favourite with several bookmakers.

But the Express & Star understands he is currently not in the running for the job, and Allardyce confirmed this morning he’d received no calls from the Baggies.

“I’ve had no contact from West Brom, I can assure you of that,” he told talkSport. “They’ve gone a long time without appointing a permanent manager, it’s been a few weeks now.

“I was surprised with the position they’re in that Darren (Moore) lost his job. It’s strange, they’re fourth in the table and pushing for promotion.

“Do I want the job? It’s not a question of whether I want it or not.

“It’s a question of whether the club contact me personally or my agent and say what the position is, what they want me to do and what they expect me to do and what I think I’m capable of doing for West Brom if it gets to that stage.

“If everybody’s comfortable with that then it may be a possibility.”

First team coach James Shan is currently in charge as caretaker boss and following three wins in a row, is expected to lead the team against Millwall this weekend.

Shan is in pole position to see out the season in charge, but the Baggies have not ruled out a possible change, with Preston North End’s Alex Neil still high on their wanted list.

Allardyce left England under a cloud of controversy following a newspaper sting and allegations of malpractice but has since managed Crystal Palace and Everton in the Premier League.

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