West Brom have announced Sam Allardyce as the club’s new head coach after sacking Slaven Bilic just one day after their impressive draw against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.
The Baggies pulled off one of the surprise results of the season by earning a 1-1 draw away at City on Tuesday night, with a Ruben Dias own goal cancelling out Ilkay Gundogan’s opener in the first half.
Despite seeing his side pick up a credible point in Manchester, Bilic has now been relieved of his managerial duties, with West Brom confirming his departure via their website.
“West Bromwich Albion have today parted company with head coach Slaven Bilic,” an official statement released by the club on Wednesday read. “Assistant coaches, Dean Racunica 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.”
The Baggies did not waste any time in naming the Croatian’s successor, with Allardyce returning to football for the first time since leaving Everton at the end of the 2017-18 season.
They become the 10th club with who the 66-year-old has held a full-time role in his long managerial career, having also had a short stint at the England helm in 2016.
The draw with City did little to lift the mood of doom surrounding the club after a poor start to the 2020-21 campaign, but Bilic was pleased with his team’s performance at the Etihad and called for them to carry that level of determination forward for the rest of the season in his post-match interview.