Bilic, 50, has made remarkable achievements as a player. As a coach, he has coached Hayduksprit and Croatian national team in Croatia. After leaving the national team for six years in 2012, Bilic went to Russia and Turkey to coach Moscow Locomotive and Besiktas respectively. He joined the Premier League in the summer of 2015 and became manager of the Hammers, but was dismissed in November 2017 for performance reasons. Last autumn, he traveled to West Asia to become the head coach of Saudi Itihad, and his original contract expired in the summer of 2021.
West Brom finished fourth in the Premier League last season after falling into the Champions League, qualifying for an upgrade to the playoffs, but failed to win the semi-finals of the playoffs against Aston Villa, who eventually upgraded to the Premier League in the new season. So for the club, the appointment of Bilic, who has experience in the Premier League, is in the hope that his experience will lead the team back to the Premier League.
As for taking over West Brom, Bilic said: I am very happy to have this opportunity. The team wants to make progress and we want to be successful together on the pitch. West Brom convinced me of their determination to return to the Premier League. They have a short-term goal and a long-term plan, which will not conflict with each other. They hope that I can lead them and gradually improve. They also made it clear that they needed me to lead them to do this, so I accepted them without much consideration after they contacted me.
In addition to Bilic, West Brom also had contacts with Chris Horton, the fired Bretton coach at the end of the season, and Bruno Labadia, who coached well in Wolfsburg last season, but ultimately chose the highly personalized Croatian coach.
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