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.
Surprisingly playing for just 12 seasons, he still made over 300 appearances and scoring 28 goals for six clubs.
A legend back home, he represented his country 44 times and was a member of the team which finished third in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
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Upon retiring from playing Bilic took his first steps into management with former side Hajduk Split on a temporary basis until a permanent manager was found. He was in charge for 16 games winning 11 of them.
In 2004 Bilic was appointed joint manager of the Croatia under-21’s national side staying for two years before getting the coveted job as manager of the full national side.
He 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 to manage 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 in May 2015 amid speculation that he would take over at former side West Ham.
Upon leaving Turkey, he did indeed return to the Hammers and had a fantastic final season at their iconic Boleyn Ground finishing in a very respectable 7th position and qualifying for Europe.
Unfortunately they struggled for home form at their new Olympic Stadium in 2016/17 and finished the season in 11th place and after a poor start to the following season he was sacked in November 2017.
After a brief spell in charge at Saudi Premier League side Al-Ittihad, Bilic made a return to football in June 2019 when he was appointed in his current role as manager of West Bromwich Albion.
Away from coaching, 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.
Slaven Bilic: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Everton, West Ham United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com