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Classy Bilic deserves his Baggies success

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NICE MAN: Slaven Bilic is doing a marvellous job at West Brom. Photo: PA

NICE MAN: Slaven Bilic is doing a marvellous job at West Brom. Photo: PA

NICE MAN: Slaven Bilic is doing a marvellous job at West Brom. Photo: PA

Whenever Ireland played against Croatia, Slaven Bilic would always come into our dressing room to shake the players' hands and praise how well we had done, wishing us well in the next game.

That always impressed me about him, even though I knew him well already as we'd played together at Everton (1997-99).

Some people do come into your dressing room after a game, especially if they have beaten you, just so they can be smug but there was none of that with Bilic.

He was just a good player and a sound person who appreciated us as Irish players who were doing our best, he was genuine about it.

He was also very open when we were at Everton together. Some players just focus on their own game, their own form, but Slaven would chat to anyone, try to help them, bring on their game.

And that's why it's good to see him, and West Brom, do well in the Championship as they are looking good for promotion.

I have seen a good bit of the Championship this season and WBA have been really impressive.

It's a hard league, the Championship, a lot of managers struggle to cope with it and even though this is his first season at that level, he's done really well, he got the hang of it very quickly.

Leeds were the team that everyone was talking about but Bilic built a really good squad there on the quiet. He made good signings like getting in Callum Robinson on loan.

It can be hard for players when they lose their job at a Premier League club, as he did with West Ham, you can think there's no way back.

But he has come back really strong.

He wanted to manage in the Premier League again and maybe he felt that getting a team there via promotion was the best way to do that.

He picked a good club, he has a good squad and it would be great to see him back in the Premier League.

If he does win promotion, I know he'll build an even beeter squad to for the Premier League. He deserves another chance.


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