West Brom won't sack Alan Pardew due to the compensation involved.
The Mirror says West Brom could save themselves £1million by hanging onto Pardew until July.
The Premier League's bottom club are eight points from safety with as many games to go, and CEO Mark Jenkins is already preparing for their relegation.
Jenkins' remit from Chinese owner Guochuan Lai is to oversee them bouncing back to the top flight on a strict budget.
Pardew — who has delivered just ONE Premier League victory since being appointed in November — refused to quit his £2m-a-year deal after Albion's seventh successive loss, to Leicester, at the weekend.