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Allardyce got a rude awakening on Sunday night when he took charge of his first game in two and a half years, as West Brom lost to Aston Villa in the Midlands derby.
The former Bolton Wanderers manager was introduced to VAR as Jake Livermore was sent off in his side's 3-0 loss to their local rivals.
In a bid to make sure the Baggies don't go straight back down, after promotion from the Championship last season, Big Sam is eyeing up a move for Carroll.
According to the Sun, the new West Brom boss is set to speak to his old friend, and Newcastle United boss, Steve Bruce about a potential January transfer.
Carroll, who started his career at Newcastle, returned to St James' Park in August 2019 but his gametime under Bruce has been limited.
This season he's played just 180 minutes of Premier League football across seven games, including two starts, with another two appearances in the Carabao Cup.
His contract runs out at the end of the season, when he could leave for free, and the new West Brom boss is hoping a fee in the winter transfer window might entice Newcastle to sell.
The 31-year-old striker is yet to score in his second spell in the north east but was reportedly frustrated at being left on the bench in the 5-2 loss to Leeds United recently.
Carroll actually worked with Big Sam at Newcastle, during half of the 2007/08 season, but more famously they were together at West Ham.
They spent three years together in east London, with the striker scoring 14 Premier League goals, with injuries affecting their time together.
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It goes from bad to worse for Sam Allardyce's first game in charge! :red_circle: pic.twitter.com/3HDu2wOvQc
Allardyce saw his side go down to 10 men when Jake Livermore was sent off for a foul on Jack Grealish, once VAR upgraded the referee's original decision, and the new boss found himself talking about VAR for the first time.
He felt Villa also should have been down to 10 men, with Kourtney Hause lucky not to see red, "But with the [Hause] tackle I think we might've got the same decision, he's jumped right down his shin on his ankle," the former England manager said.
"I've only been here a minute and I'm already talking about VAR which I didn't really want to," welcome to the club Sam!
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