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Who is WBA's manager?

WBA's manager Slaven Bilić was born in Split, Croatia in 1968. The Croat is widely regarded as one of the most talented managers taking charge of a team in the Premier League this season. Before becoming a manager, Bilić had a playing career in which he featured for some truly top-level clubs in and around Europe.

He began his journey at his local team, Hadjuk Split, where he had been part of the youth setup for over a decade. Split was the team that Bilić featured more for than anywhere else in his carer. He made over a century of appearances for the side, scoring 13 goals in this time - an incredibly impressive tally for a player who was a defender. His five years at the club were punctuated by two loan spells at lower-league Croatian clubs Primorac and Sibenik. Bilić endeared himself to fans of Split with his no-nonsense defending and his passion for the club, he would return later in his career, as both a player and latterly as a manager.

After his time at Split was up, Bilić travelled to then German Bundesliga team Karlsruher SC where he would play 66 times in a three year period. His time in Germany saw him win many admirers and by this time, Bilić was beginning to become one of the first names on the team sheet for his national side.

His excellent performances for a side which were struggling in the league made him a prime candidate for a move elsewhere. In the mid-90s, West Ham United came calling for his defensive services. Then boss Harry Redknapp was a long-term admirer of the Croat and was willing to part with a club-record fee of over £1 millions for him. After joining in the January transfer window, Bilić would make 54 appearances for the Hammers over one and a half years at the club.

His transfer would mark the start of a four-year stint in the Premier League, largely considered the best league in the world at the time. He left Upton Park in favour of Goodison at the end of the 1996/97 season. His first season with Everton was relatively successful; he played 22 times in the league and scored two goals. In his second however he became increasingly hampered by injuries which had been brought about by his heroic performances for Croatia at the 1998 World Cup in France.

These injuries would eventually cause Bilić's retirement. Before hanging up his boots, however, Bilić would spend two more seasons at Hadjuk Split, the club so close to his heart. In total, Bilić would play 375 games for club and country, scoring 42 goals.

He took over Hadjuk split, briefly, as caretaker manager before gaining himself his first permanent senior position with the Croatia national team for whom he had made nearly 100 appearances. At Croatia, Bilić would spend six years, leading the team to two European tournaments. English fans will remember the Croatia side who did the double over them in the 2008 Euro qualifying campaign, in the second of which Steve McClaren was immortalised as 'the wolly with the brolly' when his side failed to reach the Euros amid torrential rain.

Bilić would take two more jobs in continental Europe after his time with the national side was over. First, he would travel to Russia and oversee Lokomotiv Moscow. His time at the club was thoroughly disappointing however, the club finished in a record low position in the league and Bilić was dismissed soon after. He would then arrive in Turkey as the manager of Besiktas where he would stay for two seasons. He was unable to deliver a trophy for the Turkish side and left them, if not in disgrace, then at least slightly crestfallen.

Given his poor CV in the few years prior, he was lucky to be given a chance by West Ham United. Initially, he was successful with the London club, he guided the team to a 7th place finish, the best the Hammers had seen for a number of years, and subsequently qualified them for the Europa League. The following season they repeated the feat. Eventually, however, results would begin to slide and Bilić was relieved of his duties by the owners.

Bilić then spent a short, but financially rewarding, time in the Middle East taking charge of Al-Ittihad before again being dismissed. After West Brom dismissed Darren Moore, Bilić was appointed as Baggies boss.