West Bromwich Albion have begun planning for next season, regardless of what league they will play in.
The Baggies look destined to be relegated from the Premier League as they sit 11 points from safety with 13 games remaining.
And manager Sam Allardyce says the club have begun drawing up plans for the 2021/22 campaign.
"The planning has started, but not with me yet player wise," Allardyce said, via the Express & Star.
"It's at the top end of the club, they need to start budgeting for the Premier League and for the Championship and what that looks like.
"That's very important at this stage.
"You have to forward plan so when the final game is played, you know exactly what the budget is going to be moving forwards.
"Only then can that plan, in terms of players, be implemented."
When asked when he will enter the talks regarding the club's future, Allardyce said: "Hopefully, I'm sat here planning for next season in the Premier League.
"That's going to be a real difficult challenge. But it's still my hope and desire to be sat here and saying: 'wow, how did we do that?'
"It'd be great if we could do that, I've done a few of those where I've got up the next morning and wondered just how did we get out of trouble."