By Gabriel Agbonlahor

23rd Dec, 2020 | 5:00pm

'Shocking' - Exclusive: Agbonlahor rages at critical West Brom development

Gabriel Agbonlahor has been left raging after West Brom sacked Slaven Bilic and replaced him Sam Allardyce.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the legendary former Aston Villa striker admitted he cannot see the Baggies avoiding relegation under Allardyce.

The former England manager replaced Bilic last Wednesday just hours after he had overseen a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Allardyce has been handed an 18-month contract at the Hawthorns as he looks to keep West Brom in the top-flight after their promotion last season.

His reign got off to the worst possible start on Sunday with a 3-0 crushing by their Midlands rivals Aston Villa.

It leaves West Brom second from bottom and five points adrift of Brighton & Hove Albion in 17th.

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Asked by Football Insider for his take on the decision to replace Bilic, Agbonlahor said: “I think it was shocking.

“Bilic was getting his team playing a certain way and they got a decent result against Manchester City.

“Sometimes you can panic and get rid of a manager but for me, I’d never get rid of a manager when it looks like the team is playing for him and they’re digging out results which is what they were doing.

“For me, it was a shocking decision and I think it’s a decision that they’ll regret because I cannot see West Brom getting out of it with Sam Allardyce.”

West Brom now travel to Premier League champions Liverpool on Sunday before ending the year with a home game against fellow promoted side Leeds United.

The Baggies have won just once in the top-flight all season – a 1-0 victory over bottom side Sheffield United at the end of last month.

In other news, a top pundit has claimed there’s a “huge problem” at West Brom and dropped a “massive” claim about the club.