Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts as new update on Bilic future at West Brom emerges
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 Phillips has offered his backing to West Brom manager Slaven Bilic amid a new report that claims his future is still in doubt over the international break.
Earlier this month, The Telegraph claimed that Albion bosses would be left with a decision to make if the Black Country club played badly or were easily beaten by Tottenham on Sunday.
Although the Baggies lost 1-0, it was a spirited performance and only a late Harry Kane goal proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Bilic seems to have the backing of the majority of West Brom fans but the Mirror reports that the club is still considering whether to sack the Croatian manager before the international break is over and Albion play Manchester United at Old Trafford.
It is also understood the Baggies “are considering other potential bosses” and Charlton’s Lee Bowyer is among them.
However, Phillips doesn’t believe there is anyone out there who would be a better fit for West Brom.
The ex-Albion striker mentioned the likes of Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce but believes those ‘firefighter’ managers are only needed if the West Midlands club is being rolled over every week.
“Who’s out there that’s going to come in and dramatically turn it around? If they were getting thumped 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0 every week then you could build a case for bringing someone like a Pulis or an Allardyce – but not Pulis again. Someone to shore it up to try and nick a game,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“But at the minute, they’re in football matches. It was near to the death the other day.
“I don’t think it’s time to push the panic button but when you look at the table, there is a gap starting to build between them and the likes of Leeds.
“They certainly need to start putting some points on the board.”
Darren Moore and Bilic have done a lot of work in rebuilding the relationship between the club and the fans after the disastrous end to Pulis’ reign and the shocking stay of Alan Pardew.
Why would West Brom risk undoing all that work by getting rid of Bilic and hiring the antithesis of him in someone like Allardyce?
Albion don’t need a new manager yet.
Enough has happened to suggest Bilic is the man for the job but the biggest issue is the strength of the squad.
If the Baggies go down, it’s because Bilic and Luke Dowling were not given sufficient funds to bring the squad back to Premier League standard.
In other West Brom news, there’s been another twist in the Baggies’ ownership mystery.