The Baggies coach, along with Slaven Bilic, arrived at The Hawthorns this summer and West Brom have enjoyed a bright start to the season.

Fulham legend Tony Gale has shared his pre-match thoughts ahead of West Bromwich Albion’s visit on Saturday and also disclosed what ex-teammate and current Baggies coach Julian Dicks told him about how he and Slaven Bilic are finding life in the Championship (Fulham website).

Craven Cottage will see Fulham lock horns with West Brom in Saturday’s early kickoff as two sides gunning for promotion to the Premier League and both currently in the playoff places seek to edge closer to the top of the table ahead of the 3pm games.


Despite being sixth in the standings, the Cottagers have gone three games without a win in all competitions, while the Baggies are unbeaten so far in the league and held their own at Nottingham Forest, Luton Town and Derby County.

“It’s a testing return to action this Saturday, as West Brom will be one of the teams up the top, no doubt about it,” Gale, who made upwards of 250 appearances for Fulham from 1977 to 1984, wrote in his column on their website. “They’ve still got some Premier League quality players, and they’ll continue improving the more used to the division Slaven Bilic gets.

“My old teammate Julian Dicks is a coach there now with Slaven. I spoke to Dicksy the other night and he was saying how difficult they’ve found the division and how every point you gain is a hard earned one.”

Dicks is currently managing in the Championship for the first time, but previously worked with Bilic in the Premier League at West Ham, another club where Gale is also revered, having made 300 appearances for the Hammers.

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