West Ham appoint former player Bilic as new manager

West Ham United have unveiled former player Slaven Bilic as their new manager on a three-year deal to take over at Upton Park.

The 46-year-old replaces Sam Allardcye who left the club after four years with the Hammers at the end of the season.

The former Croatia manager made 54 appearances for West Ham back in 1996-97 and was a strong favourite to take the reins over the past couple of weeks after he quit his job with Turkish side Besiktas.

Slaven Bilic  image: rte.ie

Slaven Bilic spent two years with Turkish side Besiktas
image: rte.ie

In a statement on the club’s website, Bilic welcomed the opportunity to return to the club and hopes to take the club to the next level.

“I’m really glad to be back with West Ham United,” said the Croatian.

“It is a big privilege and a big responsibility to now be manager and I hope that I will prove it to the Board, players and fans.

“When I spoke to the Chairmen and Karen Brady, they made clear that it is not only the fantastic new stadium we are moving into, but they showed their determination and ambition to make what is a big club even bigger.

“I saw their determination and passion that they want to do that. That was the number one reason. I would say to the West Ham fans that I will give my best and together we will achieve great things.”

West Ham finished 12th in the Premier League last season and Bilic will hope to improve on that result. The Hammers will also play in next season’s Europa League after being awarded a place through the UEFA Fair Play rule.

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