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Bilić & West Brom Marching On Their Way To The Premiership

February 12, 2020

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Former Croatia boss, Slaven Bilić, has his West Brom side primed to make it back to the Premiership next season. West Brom are currently sitting atop the Championship – England’s 2nd division – with the top two clubs automatically being promoted to the Premiership next season. The Baggies are currently on 59 points; four ahead of third-place Fulham, and play at Reading Wednesday night.

 

 

Bilić had a short year and a half stint as West Ham manager from 2015 to 2017, but was eventually sacked after a string of poor results. He made a quick cameo appearance in Saudi Arabia after that before taking over the helm at West Brom in the summer of 2019.

 

 

This has been Bilić’s project from the start and it will be a sweet ending for him and his troops if they can make it back to the promised land. Only 15 matches remain for West Brom this season.

 

 

Bilić led Croatia to the Euro 2008 quarterfinals after taking out England in qualifying. The question is: Will Bilić ever return back to the Croatian bench when the days of Zlatko Dalić are finally done?
 

 

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Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 23 comments





  1. vatrena cast says:

    some here say that dalic isnt a good coach after taking us to the worldcup final so take everything with a grain of salt lol.



  2. BZ says:

    Dalic obviously gets a pass for his big time results. He has made some real solid decisions prior to the World Cup, and some solid ones AFTER the world cup
    -He was quick to give up on the Livaja, Santini, Cop phase.
    -Vlasic
    -Rebic over Brekalo even when Rebic wasn’t given a chance at Milan
    -His key decisions will determine his fate this summer:
    Rakitic vs Vlasic
    Kramaric vs Petkovic

    Bilic didn’t have the same maturation of quality. Sure We’d look good under him too.

    We are so good, that we even looked great under Cacic in Euro 2016. Losing to the eventual champion after getting stomped out of the competition by the refs.



  3. Maminjo says:

    Does Turkey still play choppy physical football?

    If so, I’d prefer not to play then right before a tournament.



  4. Maminjo says:

    Win % doesn’t matter. Tournament results are everything.

    Bilić doesn’t deserve a second chance ahead of Nenad Bjelica.

    If Dalić goes, Bjelica must be next.



  5. Maminjo says:

    Well his hair transplant looks good at least.

    As for coaching… He’s too up and down for me. He’s had great results and terrible ones. Maybe in the future, if we have no better options.



  6. Hrvat says:

    I am sick and tired of this website always having a story on bilic to come back. He had his chance and it was underwhelming. With him at the top we missed out on the 2010WC. Sure say it was due to injuries but some of his moves during the campaign were bone headed and cost us points.
    You can’t downplay Dalic. He made some tough decisions like sending Kalinic home. The team was behind him and supported him. Bilic would of bent backwards for Kalinic and in the process loose the team. Seems wherever Bilic goes he doesn’t have much success. Good for him with Brom but this is not first division football.
    If Dalic goes consider bjelica as mentioned by Maminjo.



  7. Razbijač says:

    Bilic had his chance. Guys like Bjelica (1st) and Juric (2nd) should get a shot. Two very competent coaches that I can see benefiting the national team.

    For Bilic to return in the distant future, he would have to come back with some major achievements (ie Club Competition Silverware, helping a no-name qualify for a major tourney). He actually has to bring something to the table.

    Krovrinovic with an assist today. He’s become a starter for West Brom.

    Also Big Ben Benkovic with a goal for his new club. Off to a good start he is.



  8. Maminjo says:

    Lol. The Croatian complex.

    Every Croat thinks everything is corrupt all the time, and we need some foreigner to come in and fix everything.

    Meanwhile, the same corruption happens in every other Western country, especially at their Football Association level.



  9. vatrena cast says:

    bilic reminds me of Otto Rehagel. He is great for a season or 2. He will get the players to give it their all but usually going into season 2 or 3 the players are depleted already. So he is great to get teams to bounce back but he usually isnt good for the long term.



  10. vatrena cast says:

    ChiCro he sure did, their defense was stout and they played the hell out of the counter attack. he had that team performing way better than anyone ever could have… for a short time.. lol





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