Slaven Bilic’s chances of being at West Brom next season “don’t seem great at the moment”, according to The Athletic’s Steve Madeley.

Writing on The Athletic website, Madeley reports that “there are no signs” of the club opening contract negotiations with the 52-year-old, whose existing deal expires at the end of this season.

Bilic’s future at The Hawthorns has come under scrutiny in the last month with Lee Bowyer being linked with replacing the Croatian in the Baggies’ hot seat [Mirror].

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West Brom have failed to win any of their opening nine Premier League matches and a change of leadership could happen in 2021 based on Madeley’s latest update.

He said: “You’d have to say the chances of Bilic still being here next season don’t seem great at the moment.

“His contract is up in the summer and there are no signs currently of negotiations over a new one.

“Albion’s results are such that, in any circumstances, he will come under pressure very soon, even allowing for the extenuating circumstances of a weak squad in Premier League terms.

“And he clearly has issues of his own with the club, which came to the surface after the [Ahmed] Hegazi sale, so while it’s not impossible to see him being in charge a year from now, there are lots of hurdles in the way.”

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Albion have done enough in their last two outings for Bilic to keep his job.

Although the West Midlands side suffered 1-0 defeats at the hands of Tottenham and Manchester United either side of the international break, they were respectable and expected results. More importantly, the performances were massive improvements which suggest the Baggies could be set for a win in the near future.

Up next for West Brom is a home clash against 20th-placed Sheffield United at The Hawthorns.

Lose this and it wouldn’t shock us if it’s the end for Bilic.

But pick up a win and Albion fans will surely start to believe that the Croatian is capable of keeping this team in the top-flight.

In other West Brom news, Bilic has held crunch talks with this Baggies outcast amid speculation surrounding his short-term future.

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