With West Bromwich Albion finally drawing a line under the sacking of Darren Moore and what felt like an endless three month search for a new gaffer with the appointment of former West Ham gaffer Slaven Bilic as our new head coach on Thursday, the news was certainly well greeted by fans.
With tempers and tensions fraying after we failed to achieve promotion in the campaign of 2018/19, plenty of off pitch issues were playing on the minds of fans, but Bilic’s arrival has definitely helped temper those emotions.
There’s plenty more to do in reality given the squad and our believed financial issues, but BBC pundit Noel Whelan told Football Insider that he believed after the poor decision to sack Moore all those months ago, Bilic is certainly the right appointment for us, and he believes the 50-year-old would’ve only accepted the offer to join if he was confident he could have us in the promotion battle next May.
“I thought the sacking of Darren Moore was very harsh in the first place, I really did. I didn’t really see the point in it. They were sitting in a healthy position and Darren Moore will be feeling very aggrieved by that and rightly so. I thought he was doing a fantastic job. It was a very rash decision to get rid of him. We do see these rash sackings every now and again but what can you do?”
Adding about Bilic.
“Bilic’s arrival is a statement of intent. They will be looking to push back into the Premier League with that appointment and he wouldn’t have come if he didn’t expect West Brom to put a challenge in for a place in the Premier League. A great appointment for West Brom and somebody who is very meticulous over his job and doesn’t leave any stone unturned.”
With the right moves in the transfer market now, if Bilic is backed, the atmosphere around the club will quickly improve further.