West Bromwich Albion are reportedly close to appointing former West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic as their new manager, according to a report published by Sky Sports. 

The Croatian has been out of work since February after he was sacked by Saudi club Al Ittihad and would be a high-profile addition at the Baggies.

West Brom fans were frustrated to have missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season after having lost their promotion playoff semi-final tie against Aston Villa.

The Hawthorns outfit will now have to prepare for another season of Championship football and will no doubt be targeting automatic promotion next term.

Bilic, who previously managed Croatia for six years, definitely is worthy of being given the Baggies managerial position on a full-time basis.

He arguably has the knowledge and skills as a manager which are required to succeed in the English Championship and his past Premier League experience with the Hammers will also help him to quickly re-adjust to the culture and style of football played in England.

The 50-year-old managed West Ham from 2015-17. His reign as manager of the Hammers is largely viewed in mixed fashion by fans in general. During his first season in charge of the club, he memorably led them to seventh place and the Europa League. They also finished above both Chelsea and Liverpool that season.

However West Ham regressed the following season and Bilic was eventually sacked by the Hammers midway through the 2017-18 campaign after the club flirted with relegation.

West Brom will hope that the Croatian is the man to lead the Midlands club back to the Premier League.


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