Slaven Bilic starts an adventure in China

He Beijing Guoan named the former coach of West Bromwich Albion Slaven Bilic as their new coach with a two-year contract to replace Bruno Genesio, the Chinese Super League (CSL) club said on Wednesday.

Beijing made the announcement on social media, saying it had decided not to renew Frenchman’s Genesio’s contract, which led him to third place in the CSL and to the Asian Champions League quarter-finals.

Croatian Bilic returns to the bench less than a month since he was fired by West Brom of the English Premier League after a poor start to the 2020-21 season in which they won seven points from 13 games under the manager, 52 years old.

Bilic has vast experience as a coach around the world, having managed Lokomotiv Moscow, Besiktas, West Ham United, Al Ittihad and West Brom after a season with the Croatian national team. He began his coaching career with Hadjuk Split in 2001 after retiring as a player from the Croatian team a year earlier.

Bilic’s compatriot and former Royal Antwerp coach Ivan Leko was named the new head coach of the former CSL Shanghai SIPG champions last week.