Slaven Bilic has admitted that he is aiming to take West Brom back to the Premier League as soon as possible despite the club seeing that goal being achieved within the next three years.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the Croatian manager confessed his main target for this season is to help the Baggies return to the English top-flight after nearly two years away from the Premier League, and Bilic, so far, is delivering on that goal.
Will Slav guide West Brom back to the Premier League?
West Brom currently sits in an automatic promotion spot in the Championship table, with Leeds United seemingly the club’s biggest challengers for the title this season, and Bilic claimed in his interview with Sky Sports News that joining the Albion felt almost natural when the call came in the summer.
The former West Ham manager said: “I know it’s old fashioned (West Brom) in a good way, a familiar club, like a family club, and I like those values. They called me, and we made the deal basically after a couple of hours. I didn’t know it was going to be like this, but I had a feeling and it is exactly how I imagined it.”
The Croatian manager has been a smash hit with West Brom so far heading into the festive period of fixtures, and Bilic’s goal in taking the club back to the Premier League has been helped massively with the help of young players being added to the side.
Bilic added with: “The club were really good in keeping the players that we wanted to keep, and adding some fresh young players with fresh energy, because the plan of the club was to make the squad a bit younger, and to try to go back (to the Premier League) in two, three years. If possible, straightaway, of course, but it wasn’t imperative.”
The former West Ham boss has taken to life at the Hawthorns like a duck to water, and Albion supporters will be hoping Bilic can be the man to lead the club back to Premier League glory.