Paul Merson has criticised the appointment of Sam Allardyce as West Brom boss and questioned why Big Sam even took the role. 

Albion are yet to see an improvement in results since Allardyce took the reins at The Hawthorns with the club winless in five games under the new boss.

Speaking in his Sky Sports column, Merson claimed that he doesn’t see the point in Allardyce being appointed Baggies manager despite his record of avoiding relegation.

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He said, “I didn’t see the point in Sam Allardyce going to West Brom. He was brought in for a rescue job, but unless you’re going to bring in six or seven players, there’s not much point.

“I can’t remember Slaven Bilic getting smashed left right and centre, so it’s an interesting decision.

“I didn’t see what Bilic was doing wrong. They made Arsenal and Leeds look like the Harlem Globetrotters. That wasn’t happening when Bilic was there.”

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The sacking of Bilic was questioned by many Albion fans after the news was announced and those questions have persisted with the new regime struggling to improve results.

Allardyce has been very vocal about bringing in more players to aid in our survival fight but the only significant transfer we have seen so far is the arrival of Robert Snodgrass.

Andy Lonergan has arrived too but it is hard to envision him getting any first-team minutes as long as Sam Johnstone is fit.

With the January transfer window at its halfway point, it seems as though there are no imminent deals in the offing.

One of the reasons Allardyce took the West Brom job was because he would be backed in the transfer market but we are yet to see any proof of this being the case.

The club needs a busy two weeks if we are to have any hope of staying in the Premier League but at this moment it doesn’t feel like this will happen.

Merson is right, if more players don’t arrive then what was the point in hiring Big Sam?

In other West Brom news, Jeremy Peace is continuing to hold Albion back.

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  1. So short of Brains. Why do so many people make bold and positive statements after just a few matches? Oh I’ve answered my question. (see sentence 1)


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