Bilic: The club has tradition

Last updated : 01 July 2019 By Site Editor

Slaven Bilic says it was always on his bucket list to manage in the Championship and explained how he had no hesitation in taking over the Albion hot-seat. 

Bilic was unveiled as the new head coach of West Bromwich Albion today in his first day as Head Coach. 

Speaking to the press alongside Technical Director Luke Dowling, the 50-year-old said it was an easy decision to join the Baggies and is relishing the opportunity to manage in England's second tier. 

"I would like to thank Luke, he is the one I initially spoke to. I would also like to thank West Bromwich Albion for the opportunity to manage such a big club. It’s a privilege," said Bilic.

"The Championship was always on my bucket list. It’s one of my boxes that I wanted to tick off and now I have the opportunity to be the manager of a massive club in this league.

"When I heard about the project and the ambition, it made me very tempted for this job and from there I only had positive thoughts. It only took me one day to say yes. It wasn’t a big negotiation. I wanted to come here."

Bilic also went on to ouline his ambitions for the season and why moving to the Black Country appealed to him so much. 

"It’s a massive club because of the history and the fans. They are very demanding but they are very loyal. It’s a traditional club and it’s a family club, but also very, very big.

"We are going to try to come back to the Premier League this year. Short term or long term, this is where this club belongs."