By Danny Wright

5th Feb, 2020 | 12:00pm

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips shares his thoughts on when West Brom hired Bilic in summer

We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…

Kevin Phillps had no concerns when West Brom hired Slaven Bilic as their manager in the summer based on the job he did at West Ham.

Bilic, 51, was sacked by the Hammers in November 2017 despite being the manager who took charge of their final season at Upton Park, led them to the Europa League and had a record of 1.33 points per Premier League game – better than any of his predecessors managed.

While West Ham were in a bit of a rut when they parted company with Bilic, Phillips has claimed that the decision was harsh but is thankful that West Brom were able to snap up the Croatian boss before this season kicked off.

“First and foremost I don’t think Slaven Bilic should have been sacked from West Ham because I thought he actually did a really good job,” Phillips exclusively told West Brom News.

“When West Brom appointed him I thought great addition, great appointment. No concerns about him going in there and sorting out problems or issues because he showed what a good manager he was at West Ham.”

Amid a poor run of results since mid-December, there have been some murmurs of discontent among small sections of Albion supporters about Bilic.

While it has been disappointing to see the Baggies’ lead in the top-two cut down to such a small amount, Bilic is still the man who got the side into that position to start with.

West Brom should be able to re-establish their dominance in the top-two.

It may take a few weeks for that to happen but once players return from injury and the new signings get settled, there might be a run of good form just around the corner that could see Albion build up a big gap again.

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