Slaven Bilic says it gives him as much joy as guiding his country back to the Premier League to lead West Brom.
The Baggies spared the last night’s nerves as they drew 2-2 with QPR and Barnsley lost 2-1 to the Brentford challengers.
It meant that Albion, who lost in last season’s play-off semi-finals, was promoted by two points from the Sky Bet Championship – 10 points behind champions Leeds – and their two-year top-flight exile ended.
Callum Robinson had put up 2-1 hosts from Ebere Eze only to deny them victory. Ryan Mannings has opened the scoring for Rangers with Grady Diangana leveling.
During his first season at the Baggies (via Birmingham Mail), Bilic led Croatia to two European Championships and insisted it was a similar feeling to win the Premier League.
He said: “It’s up on top (of his accomplishments). You don’t know how hard the season has been. You can not understand how pleased and proud I am.