Leeds United manager Sam Allardyce gives honest five-word verdict on his West Brom tenure

The former West Brom boss has returned to management for the first time since leaving the Baggies

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Sam Allardyce has said joining West Brom was "a bad decision by me" after returning to the Premier League with Leeds United.

The former Baggies boss was appointed on an 18-month contract at the Hawthorns in December 2020 with a brief to keep the club in the Premier League.

However, West Brom dropped into the Championship under the former Bolton boss with Allardyce leaving his position soon after.

It marked the first time in his managerial career he had been relegated after keeping the likes of Sunderland, Everton and Crystal Palace in the top flight.

The 68-year-old said the Covid-19 pandemic stopped him from doing his job properly. The 2020-21 saw most of the season played without crowds as supporters were banned from attending stadiums due to the infectious nature of the virus.

“I’m stood here in my office overlooking the training ground, the fabulous facilities here at Leeds, excited to be involved again,” he told talkSPORT in his first words as Leeds boss.

“Obviously there’s a tingle that runs through your veins when you take over a football club.

“I know it’s in a lot of trouble. I’ve seen a lot of trouble before and hopefully – I could have done a little bit more time, but four games – hopefully we can make a difference and keep this fabulous club in the Premier League.”

Allardyce will be joined by Karl Robinson at Leeds, with Robbie Keane also part of his coaching staff. With just four games remaining, the ex-Bolton Wanderers boss admitted he was ‘shocked’ to be offered an opportunity to return to management so late in the season.

He continued: “[I was] shocked, I never thought at this, at this stage of the season, there would be jobs offered.

“When the phone popped up with a name that I knew pretty well, I knew who it was straight away. So it took me about two seconds to say yes.

“Karl Robinson [joins]. And hopefully following will be another member of staff, maybe a bit more. We don’t know yet, but certainly Karl at this moment in time.”