Croatian coach – Slaven Bilic says he is very proud to lead West Brom back to the Premier League in his first season with the Baggies and compare the feelings to how he guided his country to two European Championships
The Baggies drew 2-2 with Queens Park Rangers, but their closest challengers – Brentford lost 2-1 to Barnsley, meaning West Bromwich Albion, who lost in last season’s play-off semi-finals had gained promotion from the Sky Bet Championship by two points – 10 points behind champions Leeds – and ended their two-year top-flight exile.
Mannings opened the scoring after 34 minutes from 20 yards, but Diangana levelled a minute before the break.
Robinson tapped in Diangana’s cross in the 50th minute, but Eze’s beautiful finish from 18 yards earned QPR a deserved point and kept Albion sweating and had to wait for Brentford’s defeat to be confirmed before their wild celebrations on the pitch.
Speaking in a post match interview Slaven Bilic admitted that qualifying a team from the championship in a year cannot be underestimated.
“It’s at the top [of his achievements]. You don’t know how exhausting it was this season. You can’t imagine how proud and happy I am.
“I managed my country [Croatia] for six years and I said no matter which club I manage nothing will compare when you are manager of your national team. I can’t say it’s the same but I feel as proud as I felt then.
“We’ve got work to do but I haven’t thought about it because of this crazy situation. We did a bit of work during the lockdown. Now, not today, not tomorrow or the day after and we’ll see next week.
“What a season – what a league. I know you asked me that and I was very vocal when I said I would always like to manage in the Championship because it’s especially difficult.
“It’s exhausting, it’s demanding, I didn’t enjoy every minute of it, of course, but with a finish like this, the results at the bottom, the Forest situation, it’s unbelievable.
“I thought Brentford would have pressure in today’s game. That shows you how difficult today it is to win a game, Brentford are a beautiful team with a top manager and I love the way they play.
“It’s not easy that’s why I’m very proud of the boys.”