Many West Brom fans were fearing the worst after reports claimed that Bilic could walk from West Brom amid anger over the sale of Ahmed Hegazi. 

However, the good news is that he is going nowhere – for now at least.

That’s the huge update from The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley although he did say that things are not rosy behind the scenes at The Hawthorns.

Hegazi left the club on Sunday, signing for Al Ittihad.

That came after Bilic had gone on the record saying the player would stay, after a meeting at the training ground last week.

Bilic was reportedly going to partner Hegazi with Branislav Ivanovic for a run of games, which is why he was so angry at the surprise sale.

“Slaven Bilic will not walk away from West Bromwich Albion over the sale of Ahmed Hegazi, but the transfer has seriously strained his relationship with the club as tensions rise behind the scenes,” Madeley wrote.

“Multiple sources close to Bilic have told The Athletic the 52-year-old has no plans to resign but is deeply unhappy about the transfer, which was completed over the weekend, and it is clear his relationship with his employers has reached a critical moment.

“The Athletic understands Albion’s plans for the summer window included the potential sale of Hegazi providing an acceptable offer came in. So the club decided to press ahead with the sale once Al Ittihad met their valuation, especially as the player expressed a desire to make the move.”

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Fragile relationship

This is good news but it’s not an ideal situation – far from it.

Clubs need to work in harmony with their manager. When they don’t and actually go against what the manager wants, you’re always treading a tightrope.

It’s all going to come down to results now and West Brom are still looking for their first win.

The one bright side from last night’s 1-1 draw with Brighton is that Karlan Grant got his first goal.

That was absolutely crucial to keep his confidence up and he helped secure what could be another vital point come the end of the season.

Will Bilic still be there then?

You have to hope he will and that he and the club can come to some agreement in January.

The sale of Hegazi is set to raise £10m in fee and saved wages, and although that money won’t be there up front, Bilic will be looking for something in the January window.

That could be the next crunch point now in a season that’s started off far from ideally for Baggies fans.

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1 COMMENT

  1. So many of the first team players are with us due to Slaven. It would be criminal if he walked away from them. If the club sold Hegazi without telling the manager then he has every right to be angry. Personally I think it was the Chinese who have done this. It feels like it’s the way they do business. We need a proper chairman not some Chinese kid who knows little about football and apparently even less about our culture.

    I hope this wasn’t Dowlings work.

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