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West Brom set to appoint Slaven Bilic as head coach

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion are set to appoint Slaven Bilic as their new head coach after tying up a two-year deal to bring him to The Hawthorns.

Slaven Bilic

The Baggies are expected to make an announcement soon.

Bilic is raring to get started after a two-year hiatus from English football, and believes he can take Albion back to the Premier League in the next two seasons.

Thoughts have already begun to turn to his backroom staff and the rebuild facing the squad this summer.

West Ham defender Reece Oxford has been linked with Albion as an agreed deal with German side Augsburg hits the buffers.

The 20-year-old centre-back was handed his debut by Bilic when he was Hammers boss, but is reportedly pulling out of a move to Augsburg over their refusal to insert a relegation clause into his contract.

Albion could lose defenders Craig Dawson or Ahmed Hegazi this summer, with interest expected from Premier League clubs.

Leicester City were keen on Hegazi last summer and Burnley wanted Dawson.

Bilic’s backroom staff at West Ham were Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak.

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Albion are expected to let the 50-year-old bring in at least two coaches with him to assist with the day-to-day running of the team.

The board are keen to keep Jimmy Shan at the club after he impressed in the caretaker role towards the end of last season.

However, a role is yet to be determined for Shan, who was previously first team coach under Darren Moore and under-23s boss before that.

There’s every chance the long-serving coach will have interest from other clubs after steadying the ship following Moore’s sacking.

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Shan, who is on holiday at the moment, admitted at the time that his spell in charge had given him a taste of management.

Bilic will also be asked to make a decision on experienced midfielders James Morrison and Gareth Barry.

Neither player has been offered a contract by Albion yet, and will officially be released at the end of this month. But if Bilic is keen, they may get a new deal.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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