By Alex McLeish

17th Dec, 2020 | 7:00am

'This will rankle with Bilic' - Exclusive: McLeish reacts as West Brom transfer plans revealed

Alex McLeish has questioned why West Brom would be willing to back Sam Allardyce and not Slaven Bilic ahead of the January transfer window.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the Baggies should have kept faith with the Serbian manager and given him funds to spend next month.

As revealed by Football Insider, Allardyce has agreed a deal to take charge until the end of the season at the Hawthorns, with the West Brom board ready to give the 66-year-old funds to spend in the January window.

The former Newcastle United and West Ham boss has been out of work since he left Everton back in 2018.

However, McLeish has insisted questions need to be asked if the prospective new manager was given cash to splash in January after Bilic spent £45million over the summer, primarily on players who were already on loan at the Hawthorns.

Asked about the possibility of Allardyce taking over, McLeish told Football Insider: “Great manager, great name, but what would rankle with the League Managers’ Association, who would be pretty disappointed, would be if he gets sacked and a new manager comes in and that new manager gets loads of money and Slaven Bilic didn’t get loads of money.

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“Do they feel that certain guys can do better with money than maybe Slaven Bilic? All these things will be getting thought of at the highest level but the 1-1 draw which Manchester City showed he was heading in the right direction.

If they’re thinking about a new manager and they’re going to throw money at him, then why don’t they give Bilic the money because I’m sure he could do good things with it.”

West Brom brought in nine players over the summer, including turning the loan stays of Matheus Pereira, Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson into permanent moves.

The Baggies have won just one of their opening 13 league games this season, though they were able to hold Manchester City to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

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