The secured return to the Premier League after two years spent in the Championship did not represent a sufficient credit to Slaven Bilic to stay on the West Bromwich Albion bench for more than 13 rounds. The Chinese owners are unsatisfied for the results below the Premier League average, although the fact that the Croatian strategist did his best with the available forces, decided to fire the head of the professional staff and his associates, and this move resonated both in Britain and throughout the football world.
The previous year in which the WBA finished the competition as the second-placed team of the Championship confirmed the good work of Bilic. Returning to the elite of English football, he came out on the field against clubs from the very top of Europe with his poor squad, but even that did not stop Bilic from changing plans of Chelsea (0: 0), Burnley (0: 0), Brighton (1: 1), Sheffield (1: 0), and in the end he caused a sensation with a draw away to City (1: 1).
However, all that the Chinese owners saw from their perspective was seven points from 13 rounds and their team in 19th place in the Premier League. Ignoring football philosophy or long-term plans, they reached for the simplest solution when it comes to change and thanked Bilic for his cooperation, and this move provoked a reaction from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
At the conference before tomorrow's visit to Sheffield, the Manchester United strategist also referred to the events in West Bromwich.
Solskjaer on Bilic
The Norwegian manager of Manchester United said: "I am very sad and disappointed because Bilic was fired.
I think he did great. He won a higher ranking. I have known him for years. I hope he will find a new job soon. I hope more and more clubs will think in the long run." "Of course, results are needed in the short term, but everyone knows that continuity is the key to success, and sometimes club managements do not have the patience for that," said the Norwegian.
Let us remind you, Bilic sat on the West Bromwich bench in the summer of 2019, and in his already great career, he also led West Ham. Sam Allardyce, an experienced strategist who has been without a job for two years, is mentioned as the main candidate to succeed the Croat on the bench.
We have no doubt that Bilic will have various offers from many clubs and that he will soon find an engagement in a new club and show the WBA that they were wrong.