West Brom Super Fans highlight Slaven Bilic role in relegation
This is part of a regular series from our panel of West Brom Super Fans. Each week, Super Fans from our West Brom News Facebook page will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around The Hawthorns.
Relegation was confirmed with the defeat to Arsenal on Sunday so now seems like an appropriate time to ask our West Brom Super Fans where things went wrong.
Albion struggled from the get-go due in part to poor recruitment and experienced trouble with fitness issues while Slaven Bilic was still in charge.
The Croat oversaw a run of just seven points from 13 games, and was probably rightly dismissed, even though it did not save us from the drop.
Sam Allardyce continued where he left off at first but the Super Fans we spoke to are encouraged by the job he has done.
Many believe he has improved the team despite having little quality to work with, and because of that they are eager for him to stay another year.
Here are some of the thoughts of our Super Fans on why West Brom struggled so much this term.
Dan Nash (@DanNash86)
Jon W (JonW1995)
Luke Smyth (@lukenbsmyth)
Luke Pollard (@LukeyP_wba)
Big Sam has won 19 points from 22 games since taking over but there was a marked change in the team’s performances from February, once he was able to add to the squad.
Because of that, we are confident that he is the right man to rebuild the squad and take us back into the Premier League.
Signings such as Okay Yokuslu shows he has a real eye for a player and can get the best out of faltering stars – it is easy to forget Yokuslu had fallen out of favour at Celta Vigo.
It is also unfair to lay too much blame at Bilic’s door.
Sure he was not good enough this season and made some questionable signings like Karlan Grant and Branislav Ivanovic, but he was not properly backed by the board.
With the right spending and recruitment we should challenge at the top of the Championship next year, and hopefully Allardyce is keen to take on that challenge.