Bilic named new West Brom manager

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West Bromwich Albion have appointed Slaven Bilic as their new boss for next season, replacing caretaker James Shan.

West Bromwich Albion have appointed Slaven Bilic as their new boss for next season, replacing caretaker James Shan.

The 50-year-old has penned a two-year deal at the Hawthorns in what will be the Croat’s first job in England since leaving West Ham in November 2017.

He had a spell managing in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad but it only lasted five months before he was dismissed in February.

The Baggies have turned to the ex-Croatia manager as they look to get back into the Premier League at the second time of asking.

Darren Moore was leading the charge before a poor run of form saw him dismissed in March, much to the surprise of many, before Shan was named as caretaker boss.

They were beaten by local rivals Aston Villa in the play-off semi-finals on penalties.

Speaking about his new role, Bilic says the club sold him their ambition.

He said: ‘I’m delighted with this opportunity, of course.

‘We want to improve, we want to improve on the pitch and Albion have convinced me they want to return to the Premier League.

Albion have a short-term project and a long project and they do not clash.

‘They wanted me to lead them, to help improve them.

They made it clear they wanted me to be the one to lead them in this and I didn’t think twice once they had spoken to me.’

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