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Slaven Bilic appointed Beijing Guoan manager

Slaven Bilic has been named the new head coach of Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan just three weeks after he was sacked by West Bromwich Albion.

The 52-year-old Croatian has signed a contract until the end of 2022 and replaces Frenchman Bruno Genesio, Beijing said.

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Bilic is expected to help the Chinese side compete for the Chinese Super League title.

Announcing Bilic’s appointment on the Twitter-like Weibo, Beijing praised the former Croatia boss for his tactical nous and strong leadership.

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Beijing’s squad include French-born Congolese striker Cedric Bakambu, Brazilian international midfielder Renato Augusto and London-born Chinese international Nico Yennaris.

Bilic, who also played for and managed West Ham United, was sacked by West Brom last month, with the club one place off the bottom of the English Premier League.

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He was replaced by Sam Allardyce, having been appointed at the Hawthorns in 2019 and led them to promotion out of the second-tier Championship.

The Croatian joins former Newcastle United, Liverpool and Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez to have managed Dalian Pro.

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The new Chinese Super League season starts in the spring but is likely to take place in a secure “bubble” to thwart virus infections.

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