Slaven Bilic appointed as Watford FC’s new head coach

Slaven Bilic (Photo credit: Josh Doss/CC BY 2.0)

Zagreb, from 26 September 2022 Former Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has been appointed manager of Watford Football Club, the club confirmed on Monday.

Bilic has signed an 18-month contract, subject to obtaining the relevant work permit, the club said in a statement. Earlier Monday, the club announced that Rob Edwards had been sacked from his duties as head coach.

The Croatian has returned to England after losing his job after parting ways with Chinese club Beijing Guoa earlier this year.

Watford’s 17th permanent manager in the last decade, Bilic has already coached at two clubs in the UK, first at West Ham and then at West Bromwich Albion.

Watford, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, are currently 10th in the Championship. Bilic is expected to lead Watford in the next game at Stoke FC this weekend.

The 54-year-old Croatian has coached in England and China, as well as Croatia, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

“At Slaven Bilic we have secured the services of an experienced coach who has recently been promoted to the Premier League,” the club said.

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