Preston boss Alex Neil has heaped praise on West Brom and Leeds United duo Slaven Bilic and Marcelo Bielsa after last season.

Neil admitted that those two coaches being involved in the Championship made it a better competition viewed globally.

Both will be in the Premier League next season, and it is hard to question that they don’t deserve to be there after their efforts in this campaign.

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Neil was speaking about the standard of the Championship, something which will surely drop without Bilic and the Baggies.

“I think the league improves every year and I don’t think it improves purely on players, it improved on coaches too,” he told Lancashire Live.

“We’ve got Slaven Bilic who managed Croatia and got them to where he did in big tournaments, and Marcelo Bielsa is hailed as one of the best coaches around.

“I think coaches have improved and players that are in the league are on significant amounts of cash which means you can get real quality in.”

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It is a great point though, who would have imagined five or ten years ago that Bilic and Bielsa would have been fighting it out in the Championship.

The Croatian kept his squad together in the final month of the season, where it looked like the wheels were going to come off.

The Albion didn’t win any of their last four games but still managed to revel in their deserved glory after Brentford proved how hard it is to stay on top, bottling two chances to jump ahead.

In other West Brom news, Mark Jenkins has shared how the Baggies could increase their transfer budget this summer

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