Sam Allardyce in at West Brom, Slaven Bilic out: Will he keep them up?

The 2020/21 Premier League season got to the 13th round of games and while that number is unlucky for some, it was cruelly unlucky for Slaven Bilic. My choice of the sack race didn’t come off (I eventually went for David Moyes) and the Croatian was removed from his role as Head Coach of West Brom following their very credible 1-1 draw at Manchester City. The Hawthorns [Image above from West Bromwich Albion] club statement read:

West Bromwich Albion have today parted company with Head Coach Slaven Bilić. Assistant Coaches, Dean Računica and Danilo Butorović, and First Team Coach Julian Dicks have also left the club with immediate effect. The Baggies are currently 19th in the Premier League table with seven points from 13 fixtures. Albion would like to thank Slaven and his coaching staff for their efforts in achieving promotion last season and wishes them all well in the future. The club will make no further comment at this time. read more

Rowan’s Premier League Predictions 2019/20: January 10th-12th

Welcome back to Rowan’s Predictions; I know I’d didn’t keep up with it during the Christmas Period and for those who were eagerly awaiting these posts, I can only apologise. A lot has happened since I last did a predictions post.

David Moyes is back at West Ham. [Image from WHFC]

Another manager received his P45. It was Manuel Pellegrini after West Ham’s defeat to Leicester saw the East London club lose 9 in 12. It wasn’t good enough and I feel sorry for Pellegrini as he’s a good coach. the Hammers performer an extraordinary u-turn by bringing in the man Pellegrini replaced in 2018; David Moyes! It had an impact with West Ham thumping Bournemouth 4-0 in his first game back. read more

Rowan’s Premier League Predictions 2019/20: December 21st-22nd

The penultimate weekend before Christmas was dramatic. Liverpool kept their winning ways going on their march to the title while Man City breezed past Arsenal but Liecteser ended their eight game-winning run having been held to a draw by Norwich City. There were big wins for West Ham at Southampton and Bournemouth at Chelsea [Image above from The Evening Standard] while the M40 derby ended in a one-all draw.

Midweek saw Liverpool field two different sides in two days. The reserves were sent out for Carabao Cup duty at Aston Villa and were resoundingly beaten 5-0. Elsewhere in the competition, both Manchester clubs progressed against EFL opposition and face each other over two legs in the semi-finals. Leicester overcame Everton in a penalty shoot-out to confirm their clash with Aston Villa. Liverpool also progressed to the final of the Club World Cup which means they are not in league action this weekend. Their visit to the London Stadium to face West Ham is still yet to be confirmed. read more