Exclusive: McLeish reacts to West Brom sacking Bilic & agreeing Allardyce deal
Alex McLeish has been left raging after West Brom confirmed they had parted company with Slaven Bilic.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted it was “ridiculous” the Baggies had chosen to get rid of the Serbian boss after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw versus Manchester City.
Club statement: Slaven Bilić.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) December 16, 2020
It is understood Sam Allardyce has agreed to take charge at the Hawthorns on a short-term deal, two years after he left Everton.
McLeish has admitted he is gutted to see Bilic leave the Baggies and suggested he did not get enough support from the board to try and keep the club in the top flight.
Asked if he thought Bilic’s sacking was harsh, McLeish told Football Insider: “I do. Of course, my managerial protection words are going to come yet and yes, it’s ridiculous they’re throwing him out just now.
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“He’s a very experienced manager, brilliant result last night against the odds but nothing being said from West Brom about a stay of execution.
“To get a result like that last night, when you’re under a massive strain and pressure and hearing and reading all these things about you – well, maybe he doesn’t read that much, a few managers don’t get engaged in it because it just gives you negative feelings in your bones and your blood.
“I really don’t know – certainly for me, he should have been supported, not in the dark about what was going to happen next.”