Slaven Bilic hails West Brom chief executive Mark Jenkins
Slaven Bilic has praised Albion chief executive Mark Jenkins for ensuring the club continues has the foundations to compete in the Championship.
The Baggies, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2018, are just five games away from securing a return to English football’s top tier.
But other recently-relegated clubs have not been as successful – with the likes of Stoke, Hull and Middlesbrough now all battling to avoid a place in League One.
And Bilic believes Jenkins – along with other members of Albion’s board – deserve huge credit for the way the club is run.
“The club is very well managed – I don’t mean on the turf with me – I mean the club, not the team, the club,” Bilic said.
“With the owners but with Mark especially and (technical director) Luke Dowling.”
“Mark is very experienced. He is very hungry, very ambitious but he is also stable.
“He knows the job. He isn’t a person that tries things. He knows what to do. He knows what to do in this scenario and in that scenario.
“He already has a plan for next year – whatever happens.
“He is even making me believe in how to do things. He is very stable.”
Bilic believes if a club isn’t well run, it will be very difficult for them to win promotion.
“What makes the Championship the Championship is the size of the clubs,” he continued. “Every second league is difficult – whether it is England, Germany, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, whatever.
“Maybe I am wrong but I feel in some of those leagues, when a powerhouse goes down, or a big club goes down, it’s more about them – if they show ambition there is a big chance that club will come back, like Stuttgart in Germany. But here it isn’t. It’s not just down to you.”