By Michael Brown

18th Dec, 2020 | 9:52am

Exclusive: Brown drops West Brom dressing room verdict after Bilic sacking

Michael Brown has admitted he was delighted to see the West Brom players “have a go” for Slaven Bilic against Manchester City on Tuesday night.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has claimed the dressing room were still behind their old manager as they secured a well-earned 1-1 draw with the title hopefuls.

As confirmed on Wednesday, the Baggies replaced Bilic with Sam Allardyce, who had been out of work since leaving Everton in 2018.

However, Brown has suggested the players were still giving it their all for the Serbian boss and that he can hold his head up high after a positive end to his time at the Hawthorns.

Brown told Football Insider: “I’m just pleased that he got a good performance because it looked like he was going to be sacked anyway.

“So he went out on a positive one, you’ve got to say, well, his team had a go for him. So it looked like they were having a go rather than getting beat in a big way. I think he can walk away and sort of say his team are playing for him, they gave him the best they can.

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“They’ve found it hard but they were always going to, going back into the Premier League with the squad they had but yeah, that’s where we are today.”

West Brom currently sit 19th in the top-flight table after one win, four draws and eight defeats under their belt.

They are six points ahead of last-placed Sheffield United and three behind 17th-placed Burnley outside the relegation zone.

In other news, Football Insider can reveal a Crystal Palace star is Sam Allardyce’s first target for January.