New West Brom coach Sam Allardyce says January transfers could be crucial to Premier League survival

“You always look at the job and say how difficult will it be and have you got an opportunity to try and turn it around and use your experience, which I have done on many occasions over the last few years and I only hope I can have the same influence at West Brom, with no guarantee of course, that I have had at many other clubs,” Allardyce added.

“All of a sudden you have gone 13 games with only one win and unfortunately for Slaven that is what has cost [him] and made West Brom think they need to make a change.

“I know Slaven and he is a great guy, but it is what it is when the board make a decision and I am here to try and save West Brom and keep them in the division for next season. If I can do that it would be great.”

Bilic has expressed his sadness at leaving West Brom but wished his old club all the best in their battle for Premier League survival.

West Brom are second from bottom and two points from safety, with new boss Allardyce due to face the media later on Thursday afternoon.

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