West Brom appoint Bilić as Head Coach

13 June 2019

Slaven Bilic
Photo: Getty Images New West Brom manager Slaven Billic was sacked by West Ham in november 2017.

West Brom have appointed Slaven Bilić as head coach on a two-year deal.

Look at Bilić career in our infographic - his average points per match lower than Darren Moore's.

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Former Croatia and West Ham manager Slaven Bilić becomes the permanent successor to Darren Moore, who was sacked by West Brom in March.

The 50-year-old Croatian, who returns to England after being sacked by his Saudi club Al-Ittihad in February, has signed a teo-year contract with the Championship club.

"I'm delighted with this opportunity of course," said Bilić, in a statement on the Baggies website.

"We want to improve, we want to improve on the pitch and Albion have convinced me they want to return to the Premier League."

 

West Brom lost a month ago in the Championship play-off semi-final to Aston Villa, and technical director Luke Dowling believes the Croatian can send West Brom back to the Premier League.

"We had the opportunity to ensure we conducted a wide range of interviews and were determined to take it," said Dowling.

"We have spoken to some outstanding candidates and I would like to thank them for their interest in the post.

"But from the moment we spoke to Slaven, we were struck by his enthusiasm and excitement about this challenge. He is determined to get back to the Premier League and believes passionately that he can do that with Albion.

Bilić was sacked by West Ham in November 2017.