West Brom decision to sack Slaven Bilic made too soon - Hal Robson-Kanu
Slaven Bilic’s time at West Brom wasn’t short of drama or controversy and Hal Robson-Kanu has revealed a little more insight into his sacking.
A poor start to the 2020-21 season hadn’t impressed the Baggies board and the decision was taken to relieve him of his duties but they surprisingly pulled the plug immediately after a shock 1-1 draw away at Manchester City.
This was seen as a great result for the club who were expecting to be battling a relegation fight but it wasn’t enough to satisfy the owners and Robson-Kanu admitted that it wasn’t a decision that got universal agreement around the club.
“The owners made decisions which not everyone agreed with,” the striker told the Express & Star. “But that decision was made, probably too soon with Slaven given the success he’d had.
“Should he have been given more time? Definitely. The team had just had a good result away at City. It was strange timing but that is football.
“I think Slaven had been frustrated in terms of the budget he had. We needed to strengthen more than we did. There were some good opportunities to bring players in but the club didn’t get them over the line.
“It was difficult for the club as well. They were trying to maintain their budget and not overspend. There are two sides to it – 100 per cent.
“But it was an interesting period, one we could have done more in certainly. It was frustrating.”
West Brom were not the first and won’t be the last club to prematurely boot out their manager in pursuit of immediate results but it isn’t always the right way to go.
Sometimes, teams have to take a step backwards before they can begin to progress but the owners are so worried about the money in their pockets that they forget to look towards the future.
Valerien Ismael is the prime example of someone who could have been the man to lead West Brom back to the Premier League and then keep them there but a string of poor results over the winter saw him sacked just after the transfer window closed.
That was another poorly-timed decision as the new boss, Steve Bruce, couldn’t then bring in his own signings and had to work with what he’d been left until the end of the season.
We have to realise that instant success is often followed by a very swift crash back down to earth and maybe we’d be better off investing time into a manager to enjoy a more fruitful spell in the future.
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