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Official: West Brom sack Slaven Bilic after impressive City draw

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The Baggies board made the decision to part with their manager just a day after he oversaw an impressive draw at Manchester City.

West Brom have announced their decision to fire manager Slaven Bilic after holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

The former Croatia and West Ham boss had been in charge of the club since July 2019. He led them to promotion to the Premier League last season, courtesy of a second-place finish in the Championship behind Leeds United.

But a poor return to the English top-flight has left West Brom down in 19th-place in the table. With only a single victory in 13 games (D4 L8), the board released Bilic in a bid to revive the club’s fortunes.

“West Bromwich Albion have today parted company with Head Coach Slaven Bilic,” read a club statement on Wednesday afternoon.

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

“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.

“The club will make no further comment at this time.”

Former England boss Sam Allardyce is the reported favorite to replace Bilic as the new West Brom manager.

The 66-year-old has extensive experience in coaching Premier League clubs, particularly those struggling in the lower half. He last managed Everton until May 2018 and hasn’t taken another job since.