West Bromwich Albion boss, Slaven Bilic has become the first Premier League manager to be sacked, losing his job barely 18 months after his appointment.
The Baggies languish in 19th position and despite earning an impressive draw against Manchester City yesterday, December 16th, 2020, it was not enough to keep Bilic at the helm of affairs.
Slaven Bilic was given his marching orders early this morning as announced by the club which makes him the first Premier League manager to be sacked with many others expected to be relieved of their duties before the end of the season.
Although the Croatian returned the club to topflight football, a win in their last 13 Premier League games was enough to make the board show him the door. The club remains in the relegation zone in 19th position and has just 7 points so far this season.
According to reports, Slaven Bilic is set to be replaced with Sam Allardyce. The club is also considering other options in Neil Pearson and Mark Hughes, but the former England manager is said to be the strongest contender for the position.
Slaven Bilic is not the only manager in the English Premier League that could have lost the job come summer next year with many more reportedly on thin ice.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta are the high profile bosses who are reportedly under fire. Manchester United were disappointing in the Champions League and were eventually eliminated to the Europa League. Other inconsistent results have made fans, and pundits call for Solskjaer’s sack. The Norwegian could redeem his image if he wins two of his games in hand and other results in his favour.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have also been largely disappointing, languishing in 15th position with 7 losses already this season.
Sheffield manager, Chris Wilder and Burnley boss, Sean Dyche could also follow Slaven Bilic out the door as the Premier League goes into full swing.