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West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has been sacked by the club following Tuesday's 1-1 draw away to Manchester City.
Reports emerged late last night that the Croatian was set for the chop despite securing arguably his club's best result of the season.
The Etihad draw looked to have eased significant pressure on Bilic, who had seen his side lose five of their last six matches.
But West Brom have today announced they will be searching for a new manager as the 52-year-old becomes the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season.
Among the candidates are relegation survival expert Sam Allardyce, former Watford boss Nigel Pearson and ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
Whoever takes the Hawthorns role will still have a pretty good chance of saving the Midlands outfit, with the Baggies only two points from safety in 19th place.
One win and four draws from 13 games this term sees West Brom on seven points, six ahead of rock-bottom Sheffield United.
Speaking last night, Bilic refused to be fazed by ongoing speculation regarding his future.
"I am very calm I love my job. I'm not bothered, he said at full-time.
"I’m doing my job. I'm working hard for myself for the players for the club.
"I don’t think about what is happening behind the scenes."
City took the lead on the half hour when Raheem Sterling pulled the ball back to Ilkay Gundogan who calmly put the ball home.
But West Brom within a matter of minutes after a shot from Semi Ajayi hit City defender Ruben Dias and deflected in.
West Brom's were on the back foot for the remainder of the tie but showed tremendous determination and defensive solidity.
A Midlands derby clash with Aston Villa is next for the club on Sunday, before a trip to champions Liverpool on the 27th.
The club's final outing of their year comes at home to Leeds United.
2021 doesn't start any easier, with the visit of Arsenal and a trip to rivals Wolves – with a cup tie against Blackpool sandwiched in between.
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