West Ham beats West Brom 3-1; Allardyce steps down

<p>BIRMINGHAM, England &mdash; West Ham stayed on course for a Europa League spot with a 3-1 win over already relegated West Bromwich Albion, whose manager Sam Allardyce announced after Wednesday’s game that he would step down. </p>
<p>Allardyce said he turned down an offer from the club to remain in charge of the club for their return to the Championship.</p>
<p>In a statement released shortly after the loss, Allardyce said: “West Bromwich Albion made me a generous offer to stay at The Hawthorns that shows the commitment of an ambitious club. After serious consideration I have decided not to accept that offer.”</p>
<p>Allardyce was hired in December with the club in 19th place, but couldn’t avoid having his team relegated from the Premier League for the first tim in his managerial career. </p>
<p>David Moyes’ West Ham, meanwhile, goes into the final game of the season against Southampton knowing a point will confirm a Europa League spot after coming from behind at The Hawthorns. West Brom took the lead after West Ham’s Declan Rice missed a third-minute penalty and Tomas Soucek scored an own goal.</p>
<p>Soucek leveled before the break, with Angelo Ogbonna and Michail Antonio scoring late to secure the win.</p>
<p>West Ham is in sixth place, three points ahead of Tottenham and Everton, following a remarkable turnaround after they finished 16th and survived by five points last season.</p>
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