Julian Dicks leaves non-league Heybridge Swifts to join West Brom
Julian Dicks has left his managerial role at Heybridge Swifts to join Albion, the non-league club has confirmed.
The 50-year-old has left the Isthmian League club to become first team coach under Slaven Bilic at the Baggies.
The former Birmingham City, West Ham and Liverpool defender is being reunited with Bilic, who he previously worked with at the Hammers.
He is set to replace Jimmy Shan as first team coach, joining Dean Računica and Danilo Butorović in Bilic’s backroom staff.
Dicks was appointed Heybridge boss in October 2018 and led the club to victory in the Isthmian North play-offs in May 2019, but they were not granted promotion due to a non-league restructure.
Swifts chairman Gary White said: “While we are disappointed to lose Julian after he did a superb job for our club last season, this opportunity is simply too good for him to miss.
“It gives him a chance to work again in the Premier League, where he was previously with Slaven at West Ham for two seasons until November 2017.
“We all wish him well in his new role and thank him for doing such a terrific job after coming in following a disappointing run of league and cup results.”
Shan left last week, ending a 13-year association with the Baggies, but Bilic doesn't want to make any more changes to his backroom staff.
"I’d like to keep, if possible, the people who are here who know the ropes," he said.
"Nick Davies is a fitness coach, he was at West Ham, not with me, but I’ve heard only good things about him.
"Gary Walsh is goalkeeping coach and I’m very happy with the goalkeepers.
"Hopefully Julian’s going to come. He was at Birmingham but ages ago. He’s a West Ham guy.
"Julian is serious, but he’s also a very good friend and he knows football, he knows this league."
Dicks’ previous assistant manager Karl Duguid is set to step up to the role of first-team boss at Heybridge.