Slavan Bilic is the newly appointed hammers’ boss
The boss may have not been West Ham’s first choice of manager, however, he certainly fits the shoe. After much delay the new boss was greeted with much optimism from the West Ham contingent on social media. He completely contrasts West Ham’s last appointment of Sam Allardyce, with his charismatic rock and roll style.
The main advantage for Slaven Bilic, which will delight West Ham fans, is his passion. Unlike Allardyce it is evident that Bilic understands the club and has respect for the fans. In his first interview he states
“I would say to the West Ham fans that I will give my best and together we will achieve great things.”
Another positive of Bilic, not only does he have a great record but he is a great man manager. I believe this is vital as it can really help motivate confidence players such as Downing and perhaps Valencia. It’s clear to see Sam could never have this impact on players. I believe Slaven Bilic will be able to bring out the best in players. Much like what Zola did to Carlton Cole back in 2009. However this could have been down to the fact Zola was a better player than Cole.
What about Bilic’s backroom staff? This matter still has to be discussed. With our first competitive game on 2nd of July, his backroom staff is very thin. Former assistant manager Neil McDonald has been given the Blackpool manager job. Ian Hendon (former first team coach) has since moved to be Leyton Orient’s Head Coach. Reports are that Nikola Jurcevic and Aljosa Asanovic are primed to link up with Bilic. Both were with Bilic at Croatia.
West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has revealed Slaven Bilic is hoping to bring in some Upton Park legends to his coaching staff as the Hammers look to further enhance the bond between the club and its supporters. Sullivan states in an interview
“’I think he will bring a few of the West Ham legends to be part of his entourage and I think that is very good because it strengthens the bond with the supporters.”
Rio Ferdinand has been linked to being a part of the backroom staff and has also been tipped by Harry Redknapp. Former West Ham Goalkeeper Jimmy Walker has not hidden his interest about being a part of the set up. He has tweeted
“Everyone happy with the appointment?? #Slaven #COYI父 IMO think he’ll do well.. Espec if he takes me in as GK coach ;)))” and ““If u know #Slaven have a word mate #dreamjob”
Jimmy is a UEFA qualified coach, but Bobby Mimmins has done a great job with Adrian so I doubt this is a realistic possibility.
Attacking Coach Teddy Sheringham has taken over as manager at Stevenage which leaves us short on that front. We all know what a great job he did for us. So it will be difficult to find a suitable replacement.
In conclusion I believe there will be a lot of new faces around Chadwell Heath in the upcoming weeks so exciting times for West Ham as they enter their last season at Upton Park.