Former Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway has tipped West Bromwich Albion for promotion and lavished praise on Slaven Bilic.
In the Daily Mirror, Holloway praised the Croatian for the way he has the Baggies playing and fancies them to finish in the top two.
He said: “I had the pleasure of meeting Slaven Bilic last week. It was marvellous. Would I bet against West Brom getting promoted? I don’t think I would. Anyone who finishes either one place above or below them is going to be very close to being promoted. They are going to be one of the two to go up.
“They are looking very consistent which is the secret to the Championship. He filled me with confidence. He is the secret behind the solidness. He finished seventh in the Premier League and I can understand why. I was so impressed with him it was unbelievable.”
TBR’s View – Bilic is a Premier League manager operating in the Championship
Bilic was sensational in the early part of his reign at West Ham and has also proved himself to be a charismatic pundit on television.
It’s no surprise that he is doing so well with West Brom, but taking over a team who have recently dropped out of the Premier League and not got back up at the first time of asking is not an easy task at all.
Will they get up? It’s too early to predict with the certainty Holloway has, but they look among the very best sides in the division this year.