Slaven Bilic: West Brom have made no approach for Sam Allardyce to replace Croatian

West Brom have not made an approach for Sam Allardyce to replace Slaven Bilic, Sky Sports News understands, amid reports the Croatian is set to be sacked.

The Premier League club has refused to comment on reports which claim Bilic will be dismissed on Wednesday, despite his side earning a 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Bilic guided West Brom to promotion last season but the team has struggled on their return to the top flight, winning just once in the Premier League against bottom club Sheffield United.

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West Brom remain second bottom, despite the draw against City, but are only two points behind 17th place Burnley.

Bilic insists he is relaxed about his future despite the speculation surrounding his role.

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“I’m very calm. I love my job, I enjoy it and I’m working hard for myself and my staff for the club,” said Bilic, after the draw at the Etihad.

“Everything else is out of my control. I’m just doing my best. I don’t think about other things. I’m not bothered what’s happening behind the scenes – I don’t care.”

Reports also suggest former England manager Allardyce leads the list of candidates to potentially replace Bilic at The Hawthorns.

Allardyce has been without a role since being sacked by Everton in 2018 but the former Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham boss says he turned down an opportunity to return to Newcastle prior to Steve Bruce’s appointment in 2019.

‘West Brom hierarchy didn’t back Bilic in summer’

Analysis from Sky Sports pundit and former West Brom striker Don Goodman…

“I don’t think the West Brom hierarchy supported Slaven Bilic well enough in the summer.

“I understand there are budgets but you look at the recruitment… Diangana, Pereira – players who were already at the club; Krovinovic back on loan.

“Gallagher is a quality player but he was in the Championship last season. The striker’s the biggest piece of the jigsaw but Karlan Grant’s predominantly been in the Championship too. It’s been a big ask for Bilic.”

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