West Bromwich Albion sack manager Slaven Bilić

West Brom have sacked manager Slaven Bilic less than 24 hours after leading the promoted side to a draw at Manchester City.

Having taken the reins at the Hawthorns last summer, the former Croatia and West Ham boss ended his first season at the Baggies helm with automatic promotion as Sky Bet Championship runners-up.

West Brom have found life tough back in the Premier League and sit 19th in the standings on seven points following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Reports emerged after the match that the Croatian was set to be sacked and the West Midlands club called time on his 18-month stay this lunchtime.

A club statement read: “West Bromwich Albion have today parted company with head coach Slaven Bilic.”

“Assistant Coaches, Dean Računica and Danilo Butorović, 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.”

While the club have not named who will take charge of the team in the immediate future it is widely reported Sam Allardyce has been lined up to take charge of the Baggies.

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