When Slaven Bilic was announced as the new manager at West Bromwich Albion, without a permanent manager since former manager Darren Moore was sacked in March, many fans turned their heads that a manager of his calibre had dropped into the Championship.
The Croatian is certainly a big name for the Championship after his exploits in the Premier League with West Ham, impressively leading The Hammers to finishing seventh and eleventh in an his two seasons charge before his dismissal in November 2017, and will be expected to get West Brom into the Premier League this season.
Despite being a club that generally don’t give their managers a huge deal of time, Bilic will require time to be able get the team playing his way and with the players that he wants. Baggies fans will want Bilic’s side needs to play an attractive, expansive brand of football whilst being successful, something which is notoriously extremely difficult in a division like the Championship.
During the early stages of the campaign, his signings have hit the ground running. The signing of Charlie Austin from Southampton is an excellent acquisition and is proven at Championship level, capable of replacing the goals provided by Dwight Gayle after he returned to parent club Newcastle in the summer after firing 23 goals last season for The Baggies.
In addition, midfielder Grady Diangana looks to be a really bright talent and it shows that Bilic is using his contacts in the footballing world. Attaining one of West Ham’s brightest young talents looks to be a very shrewd piece of business after his superb display performance at Luton.
Out of all the managers available to them in the position that they find themselves in this season, Bilic is certainly up there in terms of the calibre. His pedigree in English football and his exploits abroad suggest that he knows his philosophy and how to get the best out of a group of players. His side will certainly be one of the favourites to be promoted this season and I certainly expect him to be successful in leading West Brom back to the Premier League this season.