With the appointment of former West Ham United and Croatia manager Slaven Bilic as West Bromwich Albion’s new head coach recently, our new gaffer has now been presented to the press and undertaken his first interviews.
After a three odd month search for Darren Moore’s replacement and with further disappointment owing to our Championship Play-Off Semi-Final defeat, Bilic is certainly a top and steady name to help calm some of the tensions in the fanbase and plenty of fans have ended the week in better spirits than they started with after his appointment.
Speaking to wba.co.uk as he begins to prepare for next season with everyone knowing he has an absolutely massive task on his hands to rebuild the club and turn us around given the expected financial implications and constraints at play at The Hawthorns, Bilic is certainly confident.
It also seems he’s not just walking into the club with his eyes wide open, he’s fully aware of how tough the Championship can be.
“First of all, my friends know, and my fellow coaches know, not just here in Croatia but throughout Europe, that the Championship was always a competition that was on my bucket list. This is a common view and not just with me, I assure you. This is a view held by many coaches all over Europe. It is like the real essence of football; it is a proper league and when I get the chance to manage one of the strongest clubs in this division, it was an easy decision to make. I’ve played in England, I’ve managed in England. I know the club, I know West Bromwich Albion and its history, its traditions. I know their story.”
Fans will definitely like his words about our ‘story’ and ‘history’ and now we have to hope he can hit the ground running.