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BIG SAM BACK West Bromwich Albion name Sam Allardyce as manager after sacking Slaven Bilic

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Sam Allardyce is one of the go-to names when rescue acts are required (Nigel French/PA)

Sam Allardyce is one of the go-to names when rescue acts are required (Nigel French/PA)

Sam Allardyce is one of the go-to names when rescue acts are required (Nigel French/PA)

West Bromwich Albion have moved swiftly to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager following the sacking of Slavan Bilic on Wednesday morning.

The 66-year-old will take training on Thursday ahead of the Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday evening.

West Brom sporting and technical Director Luke Dowling said on the West Brom website: “In Sam we have a man who has a proven Premier League pedigree with a track record of improving every club he has managed.

“We believe and, more importantly, Sam believes we have a group of players that have the quality needed to give the club its best chance of Premier League survival.”

Allardyce returns to The Hawthorns where he had a brief spell as a player-coach under Brian Talbot in 1989.

The former England manager will be joined by his long-time assistant, Sammy Lee.

Dudley-born Allardyce brings with him the experience of more than 500 Premier League matches, following spells at Bolton, West Ham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and, in his last role, Everton.

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