West Brom boss Slaven Bilic: I’m inspired by the NHS

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion boss Slaven Bilic says the wonderful work being done by NHS workers is inspiring him to stay positive during the coronavirus outbreak.

Slaven Bilic

Like the rest of the nation, Bilic is adjusting to a new normal with the 51-year-old spending lockdown in his Sutton Coldfield home.

And he says if he ever feels frustrated or bored, he simply turns on his TV to be inspired by the NHS heroes working to save lives and keep the country safe.

“Even in your normal life, if you have more good moments than bad moments, if you have more good days than bad days then you should be happy,” he said.

“You can’t moan, especially in this situation.

“It is boring, of course, it is boring, but you have to be strong.

“What is motivating me is my kids and my family.

“You have to be there for them.

“When I start moaning in my head or I feel a little bit down all I have to do is turn on the tele and see the NHS.


“Those are the people who are giving us the opportunity to be safe and to stay in.

“They are allowing us to be in a great situation considering the situation we are in.

“I can’t moan, I have a garden, a good house. We are going out when we have to go out.

“It is hard mentally but mentally I don’t find it impossible to cope with.


“I just have to think about the people who are putting their lives in danger, then I reset myself and remember I am privileged.”

Alongside his Albion duties, the country being placed into lockdown has seen Bilic transform into a teacher with the boss home-schooling his five-year-old daughter.

And he admits it’s a challenge he is enjoying.

“I’m doing some home-schooling – it’s not easy but it’s fun,” he continued.

“To be fair it’s not easy for my daughter, she is Croatian of course.

“She is in reception, her first year in school. She is doing great.

“But it’s not easy for her to translate from Croatian to English.

“To learn a new language is hard, spelling is different to writing.

“For a five-year-old it’s difficult. It’s not easy.

“It takes time and it takes effort, it’s a big challenge.

“To be fair that is one thing I like about this time.

“It is for the wrong reasons but you get to spend more time with your family.

“You’re even closer to your kids, not to mention your friends, family, wife.”

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ

West Bromwich Albion reporter.


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