West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce insists his reputation will not be tarnished if his struggling side are relegated from the Premier League this season.
Sam Allardyce, 66, has kept the likes of Sunderland, Bolton and West Ham in the top-flight in the past.
Second-bottom Albion are 11 points from safety and looked destined to drop into the Championship with only 13 games left to climb out of the relegation zone.
But the former England boss has not had the impact many expected since taking over at The Hawthorns in December.
Despite West Brom’s struggles under his watch, the ultra-confident Sam refused to accept he would be blamed for their likely relegation.
“I’d be devastated from a personal point of view, and for the club not to have survived the first season back at this level, for when the fans come back,” Sam told reporters on Thursday.
“Personally it would affect me, but it might not affect my credibility too much in terms of people know what I can do.
“If you’re established as a manager other jobs come along. That’s not what I want to achieve at West Brom, but it’s what might happen Sam said.
West Brom spent two seasons in the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League in 2018.
Slaven Bilic led them to promotion last season, but the Croatian was sacked two months ago as Albion turned to Allardyce.
“There is time, but we have to get on a run of games of a top level we haven’t achieved this season,” Sam said.
“We need to start hitting top-eight form. That’s the reality.”