Shortly after the departure of outgoing manager Rob Edwards, Watford FC have today confirmed the appointment of their new coach, Slaven Bilić.
In a statement on the club’s website, it reads: “Watford FC confirms Slaven Bilić as its new Head Coach on an 18-month contract, subject to receiving the relevant work permit.”
The statement also features a quote from Watford owner Gino Pozzo, explaining his decision behind sacking Edwards and replacing him with Bilić.
“As with all decisions taken by the Board, I believe this change to be in the best interests of the club.
“We felt Rob had enough time to show us the identity of his team, however performances haven’t reflected our hopes and ambitions.
“Now we must move forward, and, in Slaven Bilić, we have secured the services of an experienced coach who has recent experience of promotion to the Premier League.”
Bilić is a former Croatian national team player and coach, have most recently worked in the UK as manager of West Brom in the 2019/20 season, earning them promotion to the top flight. He also has experience at West Ham, China’s Beijing Guoan and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad.
Bilić’s coaching staff will be confirmed at a later date, with Watford refusing to make any further comments on the matter. It is expected that he will take charge at Watford’s next game, an away tie at Stoke City. Upon appointment, he will become the fifth new manager at Vicarage Road in 12 months, and their seventeenth since July of 2012.
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