With West Bromwich Albion’s long lasting search for a new head coach coming to an end on Thursday as we officially announced the arrival of former Croatia and West Ham gaffer Slaven Bilic, I think most breathed a sign of relief that the three month shambles was now over.
It’s certainly not the end of worries and concerns at The Hawthorns with obvious financial implications for a failure to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, but with Bilic in place now plans can be better made and we can start moving in the right direction.
With it appearing that the Bilic deal took a week to negotiate to a point where both parties were happy with how we would move forward in the future, Sky Sports journalist Rob Dorsett has claimed that both sides actually “managed to meet somewhere in the middle” when it came to his demands on the wage packet.
Dorsett made the claim on SSN (13/6 – 3.40) and I think as fans, we should take this as a positive from our often maligned Board.
“There was a lot of haggling and negotiating over the last week or so over salary – because Bilic doesn’t come cheap, let’s be honest – they managed to meet somewhere in the middle.”
With Dorsett Tweeting earlier in the week that “there was substantial distance’ between what we were offering and he was asking, we’ve obviously shown some faith here in finding agreement, but equally it means Bilic has shown some faith of his own in lowering his demands.
Whilst some will think he’s here for the payday in light of that, I can only assume there were similar discussions on playing budgets and a compromise was found there and it may indicate a reason for more positivity now.
We’ll soon find out when we actually start making our moves in the market.