Bilic named Beijing boss

BEIJING (AFP) – Slaven Bilic was named coach of Chinese Super League (CSL) Beijing Guoan yesterday, three weeks after he was sacked by Chinese-owned West Bromwich Albion.

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

Bilic, who was an imperious central defender as a player, will be expected to help the club from the Chinese capital competing for the CSL title.

Under Genesio, Beijing again fell short in a coronavirus-disrupted season which ended last November with Jiangsu Suning dethroning Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande as champions.