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Exclusive: Carlton Palmer rules out Slaven Bilic returning to West Brom

Former West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer has completely ruled out Slaven Bilic returning to the Hawthorns as manager.

The Croatian was appointed as Baggies boss almost exactly two years ago following their failure to get promoted back to the Premier League under both Darren Moore and then caretaker James Shan.

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But Bilic did achieve exactly that, securing a top-two finish on the final day of the 2019-2020 campaign after drawing with Queens Park Rangers.

However, Bilic endured a tricky start to life in the Premier League, with West Brom taking just two points from their opening nine matches despite splashing the cash on the likes of Matheus Pereira, Grady Diangana and Karlan Grant last summer.

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Bilic’s Baggies would eventually collect their first victory at the tenth time of asking, before picking up an impressive draw at Manchester City last December.

Less than 24 hours later, though, the former West Ham manager was sacked from his post after just 18 months at the helm despite West Brom sitting just two points from safety.

Six months later, the Baggies are looking to appoint another manager after Sam Allardyce left last month following their relegation back to the Championship.

But Palmer told Football FanCast that there’s no chance Bilic would return:

“Bilic won’t go back there. There is no chance. I know Slaven, and I know what he’s like as a bloke, and he’s a very stand-up guy.

“You can’t treat somebody how they treated him and expect him to come back to the club, that would never happen.”

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