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Football | West Brom sack Slaven Bilic, appoint Sam Allardyce

West Bromwich Albion have sacked Slaven Bilic and appointed Sam Allardyce as the club's new manager.

The Baggies, who have won just one of their 13 Premier League matches this season, have decided to end Bilic's 18-month reign despite Tuesday's impressive 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad.

Bilic guided West Brom to automatic promotion in the Championship last season and becomes the first managerial casualty of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

According to reports, Bilic had a fractured relationship with the board, which stemmed in part from his unhappiness over the club's transfer activity.

"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," read a club statement.

West Brom are 19th in the table after 13 matches, with their only league win of the season coming against bottom-placed Sheffield United.

The Baggies have collected seven points in total, and are two points adrift of safety, having played more games than any other team in the bottom half of the table.

Allardyce, who has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in 2018, joins the club on an 18-month deal at the Hawthorns. The 66-year-old will take charge of the Baggies for Sunday's Premier League clash against Aston Villa.

"In Sam we have a man who has a proven Premier League pedigree with a track record of improving every club he has managed," West Brom sporting and technical director Luke Dowling said.

"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."

Allardyce, who has overseen 512 Premier League games as manager, has never suffered relegation from the top flight.


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