December 16, 2020 – After winning just seven points in 13 Premier League games, Slaven Bilic was sacked as the West Bromwich Albion manager. Fans of the club are outraged.
HRT reports that English media announced last night that the club had decided on that move, so last night’s sensational point won against Manchester City – one of the most expensively compiled teams in the world – did not help the former Croatia national team coach.
“I’m very calm. I love my job, I enjoy it, and I’m working hard for myself and my staff for the club. Everything else is out of my control,” Slaven Bilic said after the match at Etihad last night. Bilic is extremely well-liked by the fans of West Bromwich Albion, after getting the club promoted back into the Premier League. His dismissal has been met by them with disbelief and anger.
WBA, however, announced today he would no longer lead the club:
“West Bromwich Albion have today parted company with Head Coach Slaven Bilić.
Assistant Coaches Dean Računica and Danilo Butorović, 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,” WBA wrote on their official website, adding that they would make no further comments at this time.
Slaven Bilic thus became the first coach in this Premier League season to be fired.
The former coach of the Croatia national football team, who also led London club, West Ham, for two years (2015-2017), took over the West Bromwich club in June 2019 and was responsible for directly promoting them to the Premier League. This was no small achievement considering the squad had been predicted to struggle even in the Championship
Unfortunately, without louder reinforcements and with many unfortunate circumstances, such as VAR decisions that were to the detriment of WBA, the club achieved one victory in 13 Premier League games under Slaven Bilic’s leadership, with four draws and eight defeats. Most Albion fans are directing the blame at the board of West Bromwich Albion. After promotion to the Premier League, they failed to obtain the key new signings Bilic had requested to ensure success. The club currently has Chinese owners. The first player they brought in was a Chinese player. He was immediately loaned out. To a Chinese club.
West Bromwich Albion enjoyed a terrific run of form under Slaven Bilić’s guidance and he was recognised as Manager of the Month in the English Championship League in March 2020, having taken over at the club in only summer 2019.
Commenting on the sacking, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, “I’m very sad to hear that Slaven lost his job. I think he’s done great for them in getting promotion. I know him from years back. I’m sure he’ll get a job again, when he wants to.”
“Hopefully more clubs think long-term. Of course, it’s a short-term business, and we need results in the short-term, but everyone knows that continuity is the key to success.”
At the time of the dismissal, British media cited the experienced 66-year-old Sam Allardyce as the main candidate to be Bilic’s successor. Allardyce has saved clubs from relegation from the Premier League on several occasions during his career. His last engagement was at Everton, which he led from December 2017 to May 2018. Many West Bromwich Albion fans have expressed dismay at the thought of being lead by Allardyce for the rest of the season. Allardyce was announced as West Brom’s new manager later in the afternoon.
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