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Sam Allardyce has been named the new manager of West Bromwich Albion just hours after the sacking of Slaven Bilic.
Reports emerged late last night that the Croatian was set for the chop despite securing arguably his club's best result of the season with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City.
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 acted swiftly after the 52-year-old became the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season earlier in the day.
Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Everton in 2018 after 11 months in charge but is back in the big time with the task of keeping the Baggies in the division.
He will be assisted by long-term managerial partner, Sammy Lee, after signing an 18-month deal.
The Premier League veteran has taken charge of Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle, West Ham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and the Toffees in the top flight.
He also had a brief stint as England manager before resigning after following allegations of malpractice.
A Midlands derby clash with Aston Villa is next up for West Brom 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.
Bilic guided the club to promotion last summer and was confident he could keep them up despite early struggles but lost the confidence of the club owners.
West Brom are currently one place off the bottom after managing just one win all season but the club's owners patience finally ran out.
Baggies assistant coaches, Dean Računica and Danilo Butorović, and first team coach Julian Dicks have also left the club with immediate effect.
West Brom thanked the men for their service in a brief statement on Wednesday morning.
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