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West Brom’s new coach Sam Allardyce admitted that the January transfer window will be important to the club’s hopes of survival.
The 66-year-old is tasked with keeping the Baggies in the Premier League and signed a contract until the end of the 2021-22 season.
Allardyce replaced Slaven Bilic, who was fired after West Brom secured just one win in their first 13 games to drop them to two security points.
Talking to talkSPORT Thursday morning, the new man in the hot seat at the Hawthorns said: “They (the board) are prepared to get some players, but we have to find where those players are and who wants to let a player go in this pandemic. .
“I cannot suggest at the moment how many players we need.
“By the time I finished four weeks and hadn’t won in six games at Crystal Palace, I knew exactly what we had to do and pushed Steve (Parish) past the edge of where he really wanted to go, which paid off in the end.
“I think it will be a very important part, and although the players here are doing their best and had a fantastic performance at Manchester City, which I saw live on TV, it is always good when a player sees a new player coming. in.
“And then see that player on the training ground that will make them better. The difficulty is finding that player and we will have to do our best to achieve it. “
This is Allardyce’s first role since leaving Everton after he guided them to eighth place in the 2017-18 campaign after they were embroiled in a relegation battle when he replaced Marco Silva six months earlier.
After keeping Sunderland and Crystal Palace in similar circumstances, the former England national team boss expressed sympathy for his predecessor Bilic, who replaced him at West Ham in 2015.
“You always look at the work and say how difficult it will be and you have the opportunity to try to turn it around and use your experience, which I have done many times in recent years and I just hope I can have the same influence on West Brom, without guarantee. of course I’ve had in many other clubs, ”added Allardyce.
“Suddenly you’ve gone 13 games with a single win, and unfortunately for Slaven, that’s what it cost (him) and made West Brom think they needed to make a change.
“I know Slaven and he’s a great guy, but that’s what happens when the board makes a decision and I’m here to try to save West Brom and keep them in the division for next season. If I can do that, that would be great. “
Bilic expresses sadness when leaving
Bilic has expressed his sadness at leaving West Brom, but wished his former club all the best in their battle for the survival of the Premier League.
The Croatian was sacked by the Baggies on Wednesday, with his final game in charge of a creditable 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Tuesday.
During his year-and-a-half stint with the Hawthorns, the 52-year-old took the club back to the top flight with an automatic promotion last season, but seven points out of 39 possible this season have been his downfall.
“I am very disappointed to have left West Bromwich Albion,” Bilic said in a statement to Daily mail.
“I am honored to have led this unique soccer club with full commitment and integrity. I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to all the players, my hardworking technical team and our dedicated staff.
“I am incredibly proud to have achieved automatic Championship promotion in our first season. It was a real shame not to have our loyal fans there with us during that time and on our return to the Premier League.
“In what has been a really difficult year for many, those special fans were with us throughout the entire process.
“My staff and I are grateful to have had the privilege of serving you. They would have enjoyed some of our excellent performances, where the team showed how much they wanted us to succeed.
“Ultimately, I am saddened that it didn’t work out the way we wanted. But I leave with my head held high, along with some wonderful memories that I will always treasure.
“I’m sorry I can’t properly say goodbye to all of you at The Hawthorns. I really wish the club the best for the future. “
West Brom is second from the bottom and two points from safety, and new boss Allardyce will face the media Thursday afternoon.