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West Brom release 18 players including Ivanovic,Gibbs and Robson-Kanu

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West Brom have released 18 players as they prepare for life in the Championship.

The Baggies wave goodbye to senior stars Charlie Austin, Branislav Ivanovic, Kieran Gibbs and Hal Robson-Kanu.

Sam Allardyce could not save the Midlands side from the drop – the first Premier League relegation in his managerial career – after taking over from Slaven Bilic.

West Brom have since parted company with the Dudley native.

The 19th placed Baggies ended up 13 points from safety as they dropped back down to the Championship at the first time of asking.

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And their relegation has seen nearly 20 players culled from their squad.

Joining well known quartet Austin, Gibbs, Ivanovic and Robson-Kanu in departing the Hawthorns, are Zak Brown, Nicholas Clayton-Phillips, Chiekh Diaby, Tyrese Dyce and Samuel French.

Kamil Grosicki, George Hamilton, Andrew Lonergan, Lee Peltier, Tom Sharpe, Babatomiwa Solanke, Finley Thorndike, Aksum White and Harry Williams complete the list.

This is the second blow in quick succession for Robson-Kanu having been left out of Wales’ squad for the Euros.

Robson-Kanu was one of three players sent home by Dragons boss Rob Page in March for breaking Covid-19 rules.

Then Baggies boss Allardyce revealed the forward had met ‘somebody you shouldn’t’ days before Wales’ 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

The 32-year-old, capped 44 times, has been a cult hero for Wales fans after he scored a ‘Cruyff turn’ goal against Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

Former Chelsea defender Ivanovic, 37, played just 13 times last season.

And Austin spent the last half of the campaign on loan at QPR.

Gibbs agreed on a pre-contract agreement with David Beckham’s Inter Miami in March and will link up with the MLS franchise.

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