Date: 14th June 2019 at 3:35pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan has blasted West Brom for getting rid of Darren Moore as manager but insists that Slaven Bilic will be a “great” appointment for the Baggies.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted that the hiring of the Croatian boss was a big statement of intent from the Hawthorns outfit, who were beaten play-off semi finalists in their first Championship season since relegation.

However, Whelan has heavily criticised the decision to get rid of Moore back in March, describing it as “very rash” considering the Baggies were still comfortably on course for a top six finish.

“I thought the sacking of Darren Moore was very harsh in the first place, I really did,” Whelan said to Football Insider.

“I didn’t really see the point in it. They were sitting in a healthy position and Darren Moore will be feeling very aggrieved by that and rightly so. I thought he was doing a fantastic job. It was a very rash decision to get rid of him. We do see these rash sackings every now and again but what can you do?

“(Bilic’s arrival) is a statement of intent. They will be looking to push back into the Premier League with that appointment and he wouldn’t have come if he didn’t expect West Brom to put a challenge in for a place in the Premier League.

“A great appointment for West Brom and somebody who is very meticulous over his job and doesn’t leave any stone unturned.”

Bilic’s last job in England saw him take charge of West Ham from 2015 to 2017, guiding the east Londoners to the Europa League qualifiers.

His most recent appointment came at Al Ittihad but he managed to last just five months at the Saudi Arabian outfit, finding himself sacked in February 2019.

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