When Slaven Bilic was announced as the new manager at West Bromwich Albion, many outsiders turned their heads that a man of his calibre had dropped into the Championship.
In fairness, I was surprised to see that the Baggies had decided to part company with Darren Moore whilst they were riding high and looking on course for an instant return to the Premier League.
It felt slightly unjust on Moore who had taken over a poor West Brom side that were relegated from the Premier League.
He injected a real spirit back into the football club as they impressed during the latter stages of the Premier League season despite looking doomed even when he took over.
His side played attractive football on the counter attack and caused a lot of teams a lot of problems.
The signings of Harvey Barnes and Dwight Gayle suggested shrewd business as both were integral parts of their early season success.
The former impressing so much that his loan deal was cut short in order for him to force his way into the Leicester City team.
Moore was sacked after a draw against Ipswich Town and now manages in the tier below at Doncaster Rovers. James Shan took over for the rest of the season and kept the Albion on course for a play-off finish.
They lost out to fellow West Midland side Aston Villa but it was obvious that they needed a fresh impetus, a new lease of life.
Slaven Bilic was the man that was chosen to lead the club back into the Premier League.
The former West Ham United manager had gone on to manage in Saudi Arabia following his sacking from the Hammers.
A strange move for a manager that had provided West Ham fans with a fairy tale last season at Upton Park.
That season, Bilic’s stock was at its highest.
His first season in English football as a manager was a huge success as he guided West Ham to a seventh placed finish and in the process qualifying for the UEFA Europa League qualifiers.
He guided the club through one of the most painful transitions in its history in order to compete at the right end of the table, but problems with senior players saw him eventually lose his start man in Dimirti Payet.
The club struggled to get used to their new surroundings and results went down hill which led to him losing his job in London.
Bilic is certainly a big name for the Championship after his exploits in the Premier League and will be expected to get West Brom into the Premier League this season.
Despite being a club that generally don’t give their managers a huge deal of time, Bilic needs to be able to get the team playing his way and with the players that he wants.
But if you base it around the sacking of Darren Moore, he needs to be playing an attractive brand of football whilst being successful which is extremely difficult in a division like the Championship.
During the early stages of the campaign, his signings have hit the ground running. Charlie Austin is an excellent acquisition for the level to replace the goals of Dwight Gayle and without Bilic at the club, Austin may have gone elsewhere.
Grady Diangana looks to be a really bright talent and it shows that Bilic is using his contacts in the footballing world.
Attaining one of West Ham’s brightest young talents looks to be a shrewd piece of business after his impressive performance at Luton.
Overall out of all the managers that were available to them in the position that they find themselves in this season, Bilic is certainly up there in terms of the calibre.
His pedigree in the Premier League and his exploits abroad suggest that he knows his philosophy and how to get the best out of a group of players.
I certainly expect him to be a success.