Slaven Bilic should be allowed until the New Year to make changes to the squad in an effort to lift the Baggies out of the relegation zone, but if there are no signs of improvement by January, the board should have a replacement at the ready.
West Brom have won just a single game in their last fifteen matches. If any manager other than the esteemed Slaven Bilic was in charge of a team producing results this dire, they would have undoubtedly been sacked.
At this moment in time, Albion sit in 19th place with 6 points (three draws, one win, seven defeats). Sheffield United, the only team the Baggies have beaten thus far, sit below them on just one point.
Potential managers that could replace Bilic have been outlined in this article by Matt Smith.Embed from Getty Images
One who I’d particularly like to see at the helm is Eddie Howe. He did very well with Bournemouth, taking a languishing side all the way to the Premier League, where they flourished for several years under his leadership. Howe is young, dynamic and full of fresh, interesting ideas which an Albion side as flat as this one could greatly benefit from.
A negative aspect of Slaven Bilic’s managerial style, which many fans have commented on as of late, is his inability to deviate from his main set of tactics. It’s rare that he takes risks and has a tendency to stubbornly keep to his favoured style of play until the bitter end – which was what happened at West Ham.
Nobody can take away the fact that Bilic did a grand job getting West Brom promoted in his first season, but, as highlighted earlier, a single win in fifteen matches is a clear indication that something has gone wrong, that the spark Bilic had in the beginning of his time with the Baggies has now faded.
West Brom’s remaining fixtures until the New Year are as follows: Newcastle away (chance of postponement due to Newcastle’s Covid-19 dilemma), Manchester City away, Aston Villa at home, Liverpool away, and Leeds United at home. It’s difficult to see where the points are going to come from against sides like these.
One would hope that he can make things tick once again before time runs out, but the recent deterioration in squad morale won’t help his cause. It’s a steep uphill climb for Bilic from here on out.