According to the South China Morning Post, Slaven Bilic was appointed Chinese Super League Beijing Guoan coach on Wednesday, three weeks after he was sacked by Chinese-owned West Bromwich Albion.
A contract was signed by the 52-year-old from Croatia until the end of 2022 and replaces Frenchman Bruno Genesio, Beijing said.
It is expected that Bilic, who as a player was an imperious central defender, will have the club from the Chinese capital vying for the CSL title.
In a coronavirus-disrupted season that ended in November with Jiangsu Suning dethroning Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande as champion, Under Genesio Beijing again fell short.
Beijing lauded the former Croatian manager for his tactical nous and good leadership, announcing Bilic’s appointment on the Twitter-like Weibo.
The Beijing squad includes Cedric Bakambu, a French-born Congolese striker; Renato Augusto, a Brazilian international midfielder; and Nico Yennaris, a London-born Chinese international.
Last month, West Brom sacked Bilic, who also played for and managed West Ham United, with the club one point off the bottom of the English Premier League.
Since 2019, Bilic, who was replaced by Sam Allardyce, has been at The Hawthorns and guided them to promotion from the second-tier Championship.
Bilic meets former coach Rafa Benitez from Newcastle United, Liverpool, and Real Madrid in China. Dalian Pro treats the Spaniard.
The new CSL season begins in the spring but is likely to take place to thwart virus infections in a stable “bubble”.