Ex-West Ham boss Slaven Bilic makes return to management as he takes charge of Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad
- Former West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has made a return to management
- The Croatian makes his return by taking charge of Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad
- Bilic was sacked by West Ham last November following a poor start to the season
Former West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has made a return to management as he agrees a three-year-deal at Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.
Bilic was sacked by the Hammers in November 2017 following a dismal start to the season and was swiftly replaced by David Moyes.
Having worked as a pundit at the World Cup in the summer, the Croatian is back in the hot-seat as he looks to get Al-Ittihad’s season off the ground.
Former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is back in management as he takes over Al-Ittihad
Bilic signed his three-year-deal with the Saudi club at a location in New York this week
The club have turned to Bilic after theyv lost three of the first four matches of the Saudi Pro League season.
Following Bilic’s arrival, a club statement read: ‘The Al-Ittihad board has signed a contract with international Croatian coach Slaven Bilic, thanks to the support of Turki Al-Asheikh, chairman of the board, general sports authority, who was present during the signing ceremony.
‘Bilic will train Al-Ittihad for three seasons. The contract was signed in New York. The board wishes Bilic all success in his new mission to help Al-Ittihad regain its outstanding performance.’
Al-Ittihad won the last of their eight league titles back in 2009 and Bilic is expected to end the nine-year drought. The club have also won the Asian Champions League twice, in 2004 and 2005.
The Croatian was sacked last November by West Ham after a dismal start to the campaign