By Kevin Campbell

16th Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit upset as his 'Old Roommate' follows Bilic out West Brom exit door

Frank McAvennie feels sorry for Slaven Bilic after he was sacked by West Brom today.

The former West Ham and Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that a lack of investment in the squad was the reason for the club’s struggles this season.

Football Insider revealed that the club have parted ways with Bilic, 52, and his coaching staff with an announcement confirming the news following shortly after midday.

Sam Allardyce has agreed to take over at the Hawthorns on a short-term deal that will initially only run until the end of the season.

West Brom have won just one of their opening 13 matches in the top flight including a 1-1 draw at Manchester City last night.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the dismissal of Bilic, McAvennie said:

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“If you do not spend money in the Premier League it is very difficult to stay up. Look at what West Brom did in the summer, they did not spend money and look where they are.

“I feel sorry for Slaven Bilic and Julian Dicks, who was an old roommate of mine at West Ham, because if you do not spend money you will go back down.” 

The Baggies signed Karlan Grant, Grady Diangana and Mattheus Pereira in multi-million pound deals in the summer.

However, the club’s £36.4million outlay on transfers was the lowest of the three promoted sides.

In other news, West Brom are working on £12million capture who could be Sam Allardyce’s first signing in charge.