Garry Thompson claims Bilic 'Hung out to dry' by West Brom amid latest development
Former West Brom striker Garry Thompson claims Slaven Bilic is being “hung out to dry” at The Hawthorns amid speculation surrounding his job security.
Bilic expressed his frustration over Albion’s restricted transfer budget in the summer and revealed his disappointment when Ahmed Hegazi was sold to Al-Ittihad last month despite him wanting to keep hold of the Egypt defender.
On Monday night, the Baggies lost 2-0 to Fulham at Craven Cottage in what was one of the worst performances under Bilic since he took charge last year.
Since then, The Telegraph has reported that a decision will be made on Bilic’s future at West Brom if the club sufferers a heavy defeat or performs badly on Sunday when they host high-flying Tottenham at The Hawthorns.
When responding to a fan who claims that Bilic may have lost the West Brom dressing room, Thompson wrote on his personal Twitter account: “Be a shame if that’s so big fella, Slav hung out to dry. Not looking good.”
In the same conversation, Thompson said in a later tweet: “To me, big fella, you jump up a division you need to bring in players to make you competitive. Do you think Slav was happy with all that was brought in? Plus then Hegazi going allegedly to get him off [the] wage bill.”
Be a shame if that’s so big fella, Slav hung out to dry . Not looking good https://t.co/oVStXT7IXV
— Garry Thompson (@Thompson1Garry) November 3, 2020
To me big fella you jump up a division you need to bring in players to make you competitive, do you think Slav was happy with all that was brought in? Plus then Hegazi going allegedly to get him off wage Bill https://t.co/HWSZ2w5QvE
— Garry Thompson (@Thompson1Garry) November 4, 2020
Thompson has a point because it feels as though Bilic has had to manage West Brom with one hand tied behind his back due to the lack of financial backing he’s had from owner Guochuan Lai.
Is the club’s poor start to the season purely down to Bilic? Absolutely not.
But a culmination of frustrating things have happened to the manager in recent months and really doesn’t seem like a happy man at the moment.
Do West Brom try to fix is unhappiness? Or do they go with the tried and failed method of chopping and changing managers as soon as things go wrong.
It worked for a brief period when Albion went through managers and managed to stay in the Premier League.
But it didn’t work in 2017/18. It didn’t work in 2018/19 and we don’t think it will work in 2020/21.
In other West Brom news, Lai may have handed the Albion ownership over to someone else.