Slaven Bilic

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.

A legend back home, Bilic represented his country 44 times and was a member of the team which finished third in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

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.

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, Bilic then joined Turkish side Beskitas in 2013 on a three year contract but left the club in May 2015 amid speculation that he would take over at West Ham.

Upon leaving Turkey, Bilic did indeed return to his former side West Ham United in June 2015 and had a fantastic final season at their iconic Boleyn Ground finishing in a very respectable 7th position and qualifying for Europe.

Unfortunately Bilic’s West Ham side struggled for home form at their new Olympic stadium in 2016/17 and finished the season in 11th place.

After another poor start to the 2017/18 season Bilic was sacked in November 2017 with the side third from bottom.

He made a return to football in June 2019 when he was appointed in his current role as manager of West Bromwich Albion.

Prior to this role he had a five-month spell at Saudi Premier League side Al-Ittihad.

Away from football, Bilic has worked as a media pundit and was one of ITV’s match analysts for their Euro 2016 coverage where he proved to be a huge hit with the viewers with his ungainly appearance and un-diplomatic opinions.

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