Former West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic has been hired by Beijing Guoan as its new head coach on a two-year deal to succeed Bruno Genesio, the Chinese Super League (CSL) club said on Wednesday.

On social media, Beijing made the announcement and said it had agreed not to extend the contract of Frenchman Genesio, who led it to third in the CSL and the Asian Champions League quarterfinals.

Less than a month after being sacked by English Premier League side West Brom after a disappointing start to the 2020-21 season in which he claimed seven points in 13 matches under the 52-year-old, Croatian Bilic returns to management.

After a spell with the Croatian national team, Bilic has extensive coaching experience around the globe, having managed Lokomotiv Moscow, Besiktas, West Ham United, Al Ittihad, and West Brom.

He started his coaching career with Hadjuk Split in 2001 after retiring a year earlier as a player for the Croatian side.

The new head coach of former CSL champion Shanghai SIPG was announced last week by Bilic’s compatriot and former Royal Antwerp coach, Ivan Leko.


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