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Baggie Bilic’s Hammers pride

Slaven Bilic made his long awaited return to management this afternoon when he was formally introduced as West Brom boss.

It’s good to see him back and if nothing else the Baggies will be playing some decent football under the former Irons chief despite his unfortunate departure from the Irons.

He was fired in November 2017 and was absent from the game for almost a tear before taking up a five-month spell with Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Professional League.

Slaven is one of the club’s favourite sons and his first year – and last at the Boleyn was outstanding based to a large extent on the skills of Dimitri Payet of course.

His departure in pretty appalling circumstances was the first nail in the coffin for Slav and in the end of course it was all destined to end in tears.

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As he took up his position at the Hawthorns today he declared: “When I heard about the project and the ambition of the club, it made me very tempted.”

He added: “At West Ham, the finish was not good. My time at West Ham wasn’t just the finish. Unfortunately, the finishing day for most coaches is bad.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon