By Wayne Veysey

16th Dec, 2020 | 10:37am

Exclusive: West Brom sack Bilic, he's already left the club & replacement incoming

West Brom have sacked Slaven Bilic as manager and are set to appoint a replacement immediately, Football Insider has been told.

The Croatian, 52, was told this morning by the Albion hierarchy that his reign is over.

A West Brom source has told Football Insider that Bilic has left the club already along with his coaching staff and an announcement confirming their departures is likely later on Wednesday.

A swift appointment is set to be made amid speculation that survival specialist Sam Allardyce will succeed Bilic at the helm.

The Baggies’ Chinese owners have acted to preserve the club’s top-flight status and further talks are set today to agree terms with the new man.

West Brom have won just one of their opening 13 matches in the top flight since gaining promotion last season.

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Bilic oversaw a spirited 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Tuesday night but that was not enough to give him a stay of execution.

Allardyce, now 66, has previously helped Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton stay in the Premier League after taking them over when they were faced with relegation.

Albion expect a backlash from supporters about dismissing the popular Bilic, who took over in the summer of 2019 from Darren Moore.

He steered the club to automatic Championship promotion at the first attempt but the club’s priority is staying in the top flight.

There has been speculation for weeks that Bilic’s job was under threat despite relatively restrained summer investment in the squad.

The club did spend £45m but much of that that was on the permanent signing of players who were already at the club on loan.

Bilic then spent £15m on Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant, who has scored once in 10 appearances.

In other news, West Brom are trying to beat Southampton to a £12m January signing.