While many managers would be expected to take some time out and recharge the batteries after suffering the sack, Slaven Bilic has decided to make a swift return to the managerial arena following his rather harsh West Brom exit three weeks ago.
Bilic was axed last month in the aftermath of bagging a prized point away to Man City, a result which ended the club’s 13-game league losing streak against the Citizens, which dated back nine years.
The draw coupled with the spirited performance was not enough to keep Bilic in the job as he became the first victim of the 2020/21 Premier League Sack Race.
The Croatian has since been linked with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, who sacked Tony Pulis last week, but he’s shunned a return to England in favour of a managerial move to the Chinese Super League with Beijing Sinobo Guoan.
The well-travelled Bilic, who has managed in Croatia, England, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, put pen to paper and signed a two-year deal with his new side, where he replaces Frenchman Bruno Génésio who previously managed Lyon.
Bilic will join a few familiar names in China, including Rafa Benitez (Dalian Pro), Jordi Cruyff (Shenzhen FC), and Fabio Cannavaro (Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao).
Meanwhile, Bilic’s replacement at West Brom, Sam Allardyce, has yet to win any of his four games at the helm.
Big Sam may have registered a very creditable point at Anfield but in his three home games he’s suffered a hat-trick of comprehensive defeats, which has left his side six points adrift of safety.
Not one to dwell on a disappointment - in this case a rather harsh sacking - former West Brom boss Slaven Bilic has made a very swift return to management with Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 6, 2021
Best of luck Slav! 👔🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/uCE8ZD8ozl