Slaven Bilic is SACKED by West Bromwich Albion, hours after guiding them to a draw at Manchester City, with Sam Allardyce ready to be unveiled as their new boss and talks over an initial six-month deal at an advanced stage
- Sam Allardyce is in advanced talks to take over as manager of West Brom
- Slaven Bilic was sacked on Wednesday after the club’s poor start to the season
- It will be Allardyce’s first management job since he was sacked by Everton
- Allardyce will be tasked with keeping the newly-promoted Baggies up
Sam Allardyce is in talks to take over as West Bromwich Albion manager on a short-term deal after Slaven Bilic as sacked on Wednesday.
Sportsmail understands negotiations with Allardyce are progressing and the former Bolton, Sunderland and England manager is likely to be in place in time for Sunday’s local derby against Aston Villa.
It will be his first management job since he was sacked by Everton in 2018.
Sam Allarydce is set to sign a six-month contract at West Brom after Slaven Bilic was sacked
Allardyce is set to be handed an initial six-month contract but it is likely there will be an option for an extra 12 months if they stay up. Mark Hughes was also being considered for the role.
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 decision was made on his future after the weekend defeat by Newcastle – and before Tuesday night’s plucky draw with Manchester City.
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.’
Sportsmail revealed Bilic was holding talks with club bosses over his future as early as October 30.
Bilic was informed of his dismissal on Wednesday but a decision was made on his future after the weekend defeat by Newcastle
This will be Allardyce’s first management job since he was sacked by Everton back in 2018
Allardyce will be tasked with keeping the newly-promoted Baggies in the Premier League.
The draw at the Etihad took them to seven points from 13 games since they came up from the Championship. They are currently two points off safety.
Bilic tried to deflect questions about his future on Tuesday night but admitted the situation was out of his hands. ‘I’m very calm,’ said the 52-year-old.
‘I’m doing my job. I’m not bothered about (my future). I can’t be more proud of what my team showed tonight. The other things are out of my control and I’m not bothered.
‘I’m really proud of the boys. We asked them to work hard, to frustrate them and to wait for our chances and we’ve done everything. We helped each other and we counted of course on (goalkeeper) Sam Johnstone.
‘But that’s what you need when you come to Etihad if you want to get anything from the game.
‘Every point counts. For me it would mean more than a point, the knowledge of what we have to do now in every game. If we go like crazy and fight for each other then we are going to have a good chance (of staying up) no matter how we play.’
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