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West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has been sacked after 18 months in charge, with the club 19th in the Premier League, reports BBC.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 26, 2020 West Bromwich Albion’s Croatian head coach Slaven Bilic gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on October 26, 2020. – Slaven Bilic became the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season when he was sacked by struggling West Brom on December 16, 2020.The 52-year-old Croatian’s sacking comes with the side 19th in the table but on the back of an encouraging 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Tuesday. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has been sacked after 18 months in charge, with the club 19th in the Premier League, reports BBC.

The Baggies have gathered seven points from 13 league games, with eight defeats, though they earned a surprise 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Tuesday.

Assistant coaches Dean Racunica and Danilo Butorovic also depart, as does first-team coach Julian Dicks.

A club statement thanked Bilic and his coaching staff “for their efforts in achieving promotion last season”.

Bilic, 52, signed a two-year contract when he took over at The Hawthorns in June 2019, replacing Darren Moore.

He guided Albion to promotion on the final day of last season, as they finished second in the Championship. But they have won only one Premier League match this season, beating bottom club Sheffield United 1-0 on November 28.

It emerged after the draw at Manchester City that West Brom was considering whether to sack Bilic.

Tuesday’s match was the Croat’s 100th Premier League game as a manager. He led West Ham from June 2015 to November 2017, taking the club into Europe as they finished seventh in his final full season, recording their highest placing since 2002.

Prior to that, he had led Croatia to two European Championships, with a quarter-final appearance in 2008 coming after they had knocked England out in the qualifiers.

He has also had spells in charge of Hajduk Split, Lokomotiv Moscow, Besiktas and Al-Ittihad.

Sam Allardyce has reportedly agreed to replace Bilic.

Allardyce is set to become the new West Brom manager with negotiations ongoing at the moment.

The former England manager’s last job was with Everton, which he left in May of 2018.

In an ironic turn of events, it was Bilic who previously replaced Allardyce at West Ham when he was appointed back in 2015.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very sad” to hear of Bilic’s sacking.

“I think he’s done great for them, getting a promotion,” Solskjaer said. “I’m sure he’ll get a job again when he wants to.

“Hopefully more and more clubs and teams think long term. Of course, it’s a short-term business, we need results short-term as well, but everyone knows that continuity is key to success.

“Sometimes they don’t have the patience for it, though.”