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Thursday, 17 December 2020

Slaven Bilic Is Sacked By West Bromwich Hours After Draw Against Man City, Appoints Ex-England Manager, Sam Allardyce


Premier League football club, West Bromwich Albion have sacked their manager Slaven Bilic after 18 months in charge, with the club 19th in the Premier League table. 

 

Croatian football manager was dismissed on Wednesday December 16, despite his side earning an impressive 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Tuesday night.

 

The Baggies have only gathered seven points from 13 league games, with eight defeats. 

 

Bilic was informed of his dismissal at 11:45am on Wednesday by Ke Xu, the chief executive, in his office at the training ground.

 

 A club statement read: 'West Bromwich Albion have today parted company with Head Coach Slaven Bilic.

 

'Assistant Coaches, Dean Racunica and Danilo Butorovic, and First Team Coach Julian Dicks have also left the club with immediate effect.

 

'The Baggies are currently 19th in the Premier League table with seven points from 13 fixtures.

 

'Albion would like to thank Slaven and his coaching staff for their efforts in achieving promotion last season and wishes them all well in the future.'

 

However, the club have agreed terms with Sam Allardyce to become Bilic's successor ahead of Sunday's match against local rivals Aston Villa.

 

The former England boss has signed an 18-month contract, which includes a break clause at the end of the season if the Albion are relegated.

 

The 66-year-old will take training on Thursday ahead of the Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday evening.

 

West Brom sporting and technical Director Luke Dowling said on the West Brom website: “In Sam we have a man who has a proven Premier League pedigree with a track record of improving every club he has managed.

 

“We believe and, more importantly, Sam believes we have a group of players that have the quality needed to give the club its best chance of Premier League survival.”

 

 

The former England manager will be joined by his long-time assistant, Sammy Lee.

 

Allardyce has now taken the reins at a record eight Premier League clubs, including Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and in his last role, Everton. 

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