Barely a month after his sacking, the former West Bromwich Albion head coach has been appointed as the new head coach of the Chinese Super League (CSL) side Beijing Guoan.
Speaking to talkSPORT about the move, Bilic said: I was open to going there when I left West Ham because one of these connections was attractive for a few reasons.
“Of course the finances are very important for people going there, but also the size of the club was important for me, and I’m going to a massive club there.
“I was ready to go there two years ago. It didn’t happen then. It’s happened now. It was never in my plan to have to go there but it was always one of the destinations that I was considering at least. I’m happy.”
Bilic arrives to replace French head coach Bruno Genesio, who led Beijing to a third-place finish in the CSL playoffs last season. Guoan also reached the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League, losing to eventual winners Ulsan Hyundai.
The start date for the 2021 CSL season has yet to be announced by the league.
We are honored to announce a 2-year contract with our new first team coach Mr. Slaven Bilić and coach team, welcome to Beijing. pic.twitter.com/ICjpusMXsK— Beijing Sinobo Guoan (@FCBeijingGuoan) January 6, 2021