Where is Slaven Bilic now?
A fan’s favourite at West Ham United for his no-nonsense displays and ability on the ball, Slaven Bilic retired from playing in 2001 after a short spell playing back in Croatia with Hajduk Split.
As soon as Bilic retired from playing he took his first steps into management with Hajduk Split.
As a shareholder of the club, Bilic agreed to take on the role but only on a temporary basis until a permanent manager was found.
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In 2004 Slaven Bilic was appointed joint manager of the Croatia under 21’s national side and stayed with the side for two years before being appointed manager of the full national side in 2006.
Bilic was a revelation in his new role and took his revitalised Croatia team to three tournaments (Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012) faring well in each of them.
He stayed in the role for six years before stepping down from his role in 2012.
Slaven Bilic wasn’t out of football for long and was back in management in 2012 with Russian side FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
Unfortunately it didn’t work out for long at the club and he was sacked after one season after his side finished ninth in the league – the club’s worst finish since the league’s creation in 1992.
Still regarded as one of Europe’s top managers, Slaven Bilic joined Turkish side Beskitas in 2013 on a three year contract but was sacked by the club in May 2015.
Bilic was back in football just a month later when he was appointed manager of former side West Ham United.
West Ham, under Bilic’s stewardship, had a fantastic last season at their iconic Boleyn Ground finishing in a very respectable 7th position and qualifying for Europe.
In 2016, Slaven Bilic was signed by ITV as one of their match analysts for their Euro 2016 coverage and proved to be a huge hit with the viewers with his ungainly appearance and un-diplomatic opinions.
Slaven Bilic: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Everton, West Ham United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com