Slaven Bilic has spoken out on his West Brom sacking after being replaced by Sam Allardyce.
The Croatian was shown the door on Wednesday, having fought out a 1-1 draw against Manchester City to leave the Baggies with just one win in their first 13 games.
And he was replaced the same day with former West Ham and Bolton manager Allardyce, his first job in football since leaving Everton in 2018.
But Bilic has now released a statement, speaking out for the first time since his sacking at the Hawthornes.
He said to the Daily Mail : “I am hugely disappointed to have left West Bromwich Albion. I am honoured to have managed this unique football club with full commitment and integrity.
"I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to all the players, my hard-working coaching team and our dedicated staff.
"I am incredibly proud that we secured automatic promotion from the Championship in our first season.
"It was a real shame to not have our loyal supporters there with us during that moment and upon our return to the Premier League.
“In what has been a really difficult year for so many, those special fans have stood alongside us throughout it all. My staff and I are grateful for having had the privilege to serve them.
"They would have enjoyed some of our excellent performances where the team showed how much they wanted us to succeed."
“Ultimately, I am sad that it hasn’t worked out in the way we wanted. But I leave with my head held high, along with some wonderful memories that I will always cherish.
“I’m sorry that I cannot say goodbye to you all properly at The Hawthorns. I genuinely wish the club well for the future."
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