As a player, Slaven Bilic was a member of the Croatia team that finished third at the 1998 World Cup. After hanging up his boots at hometown club Hajduk Split in 2001, Bilic took to coaching the team for the second half of the 2001-02 season.
In 2004 he was appointed manager of the Croatia U21 team, going on to take charge of the senior national side two years later. He led Croatia to the quarter-finals of the 2008 European Championship and took the team the tournament again four years later. He was appointed manager of Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow in 2012 and subsequently enjoyed a spell with Turkish side Besiktas and managed in the Premier League with one of his former clubs, West Ham United.
In June 2019, Bilic became manager of West Bromwich Albion and led the club to automatic promotion to the Premier League in his first campaign in charge.