One of Croatia’s most revered former managers – Slaven Bilić – is at it again. This time, in the English 2nd division, with West Bromwich Albion.
Bilić was sacked by West Ham United in 2017 for a subpar season and then coached in Saudi Arabia for five months at Al-Ittihad. After another unsuccessful stint, Bilić was let go from his post in the Middle East.
Now, Bilić will take over a West Brom club that finished top-6 in the Championship last season but lost to Aston Villa in the promotion playoff. This crop of players has what it takes to play in the Premiership next season – with the right leadership.
On Saturday, West Brom opened up their season with a 2-1 road victory at Nottingham Forest. Bilić brought in 23 year-old Benfica attacking midfielder Filip Krovinović on a season-long loan with the former NK Zagreb player coming off a serious knee injury. He played the full 90 vs. Forest.
Bilić has been known to be a beloved coach by all players he has managed. But this time around, it seems as if he’s being a bit tougher with the younger players, BirminghamMail reports.
Whether Bilić does well or not in England is to be seen. But when Zlatko Dalić’s days of being Croatia’s main man are over – would you welcome Bilić back as Croatian manager?