Slaven Bilic joins Beijing Guoan weeks after West Brom sacking

The Croatian was dismissed by the Baggies before Christmas and replaced by Sam Allardyce

Jack Rathborn
Wednesday 06 January 2021 12:12 GMT
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Slaven Bilic was sacked as West Brom head coach this week
Slaven Bilic was sacked as West Brom head coach this week (Getty Images)

Slaven Bilic has swiftly returned to management after being appointed  by Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan just weeks after being sacked by West Brom.

The former Croatia boss, who was replaced by Sam Allardyce at the Hawthorns following the 1-1 draw at Manchester City,  signed a two-year deal to replace ex-Lyon chief Bruno Genesio.

Beijing Guoan finished third in last year's domestic league with former Villarreal striker Cédric Bakambu shining for them.

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Bilic told TalkSPORT: "I was open to going there when I left West Ham (in 2017) and it was one of the destinations which was attractive.

"What was important was the size of the club and I'm going to a massive club there. I was ready to go there two years ago, it didn't happen then but it's happened now. It was always one of the nations I would consider.

"When the players and managers go to the Far East, the finances are very important but I wanted to go to a big club. They want to challenge for the league, I want to play good football and be competitive with the best.

"They showed a big determination to get me. That was enough to accept the challenge. I'm going to a great city, I'm quite happy and excited to face a new challenge."

Beijing are four-times runners-up in the Chinese Super League and their only title came in 2009.

A club statement on Twitter said: "We are honoured to announce a two-year contract with our new first-team coach Mr. Slaven Bilic and coaching team, welcome to Beijing.

"We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication Mr. Bruno Genesio made for us. We wish you all the best in your future professional endeavours."

PA contributed to this report

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