West Bromwich Albion are in discussions with Slaven Bilic over their vacant manager’s job according to a report from the Express and Star.
The 50-year-old was known as a player in this country from his time at West Ham United and Everton. He would become a manager at the start of the decade and would soon become the Croatia manager, a job he would hold for six years. Then after stints with Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas, he returned to England to become the manager of West Ham. After his popular reign ended with a run of poor form, he headed to Saudi Arabia and became the manager of Al-Ittihad.
But he could soon be heading back to England as he is now in discussions with West Brom over their manager’s job. The role has been vacant since they surprisingly fired Darren Moore a few months before the end of the season and caretaker boss Jimmy Shan is not getting the job on a full-time basis. Plenty of people have been linked to the role in recent months including the likes of Chris Wilder and Chris Hughton.
While Bilic’s reign at West Ham ended poorly, he is fondly remembered at the London Stadium because of the way he got the Hammers playing after the Sam Allardyce reign. He hasn’t managed in the Championship before but with his CV, you can believe that he will be able to adjust. It would certainly be a unique appointment and one that could pay off in the long run.