Tuesday, June 9

Daily WHUFC News - New Manager - Slaven Bilic

Hammers appoint Bilic

West Ham United are delighted to announce the appointment of Slaven Bilic as
the Club's new manager. The 46-year-old will become the 15th full-time
manager in the Hammers' 120-year history, returning to the Club he played
for 54 times, on a three-year contract. Bilic will arrive at the Boleyn
Ground after successful spells in charge of the Croatia national team and
Turkish side Besiktas, subject to a work permit being issued. He becomes the
second Croatian to manage in the Barclays Premier League, and has an
outstanding career win percentage of 55.16 per cent.

A law graduate and multilinguist who takes a meticulous approach to
management, the new boss will arrive in London later this month following a
family holiday, but has already begun preparations for West Ham's maiden
UEFA Europa League campaign. "I'm really glad to be back with West Ham
United," Bilic said. "It's in the Premier League, which is among the best in
the world. It's a big challenge and you are competing with the best and what
better club to do it with than West Ham. "I remember West Ham as a special
club. I love these kinds of special clubs. My last club, Besiktas, was that
kind of club. It's not about the size – West Ham is big Club – there is
something special about them - they are a cult clubs. "It is a great place
to play and I felt like I was at home. 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. "My first priority when choosing a club is to look
at its ambitions. When I spoke to the Chairmen and Karren 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 could feel that they really wanted me so
it was an easy choice. "I would say to the West Ham fans that I will give my
best and together we will achieve great things."

As a player, Bilic was an outstanding centre-back during a 14-year career
that saw him represent Croatian giants Hadjuk Split, German side Karlsruher
SC, West Ham and Everton. A promising prospect as a youngster, he joined
Hadjuk at the age of nine, being loaned to lower-league sides Primorac and
Sibenik before making his senior debut for his hometown club at the age of
20 in 1988. He later won the Yugoslav Cup in 1991, the inaugural Croatian
League title the following year and Croatian Cup in 1993. A big-money move
to Germany resulted and Bilic was named Karlsruher captain, leading the
Eurofighters to the UEFA Cup semi-finals in his first season with the club.
In January 1996, Bilic moved to east London and quickly established himself
in the entertaining West Ham team of the time, playing alongside the likes
of John Hartson, Frank Lampard, Eyal Berkovic and close friend Steve Potts.
After helping the Hammers to finish eighth in the Premier League in 1997/98,
he joined Everton before finishing his career with first club Hadjuk in

At international level, the defender was part of Croatia's golden generation
of the 1990s, helping The Blazers to reach the UEFA Euro 1996 quarter-finals
before finishing third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, playing alongside the
likes of fellow former Hammers Igor Stimac and Davor Suker. Bilic returned
to the international stage in 2006, embarking on a headline-making
seven-year spell as manager of Croatia. During his tenure, the Balkan nation
denied England a place at Euro 2008 with a famous 3-2 win at Wembley, before
going on to top their group with victories over Germany, Poland and host
nation Austria. Only a penalty shootout defeat by Turkey denied Croatia a
place in the Euro 2008 semi-finals and Bilic rallied his fellow countrymen
to come within a whisker of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals.

Two years later, Bilic ended his tenure as Croatia manager by leading his
national side to Euro 2012, finishing with an outstanding record of 42 wins
and just eight defeats from 65 matches in charge. On his return to club
management, Bilic spent a year with Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv
Moscow before taking up the challenge of managing Besiktas in the
competitive and passionate Turkish Super Lig. There, he took the
Istanbul-based club to consecutive third-place finishes, winning 48 of his
92 games in charge and leading them to the UEFA Champions League Play-Off
round and the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, beating Tottenham Hotspur and
Liverpool along the way.

whufc.com will bring you further exclusive reaction from Slaven over the
coming days.

Slaven Bilic appointed new West Ham manager
By Telegraph Sport12:18PM BST 09 Jun 2015

West Ham have picked Slaven Bilic as their new manager after a long and
protracted search for Sam Allardyce's replacement. Allardyce left Upton Park
at the end of the season when his contract was not renewed, and Bilic was
one of many to be interviewed about the vacancy. The likes of Marcelo
Bielsa, Rafael Benitez, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery were
all said to have been considered, but all rejected the job. Bilic has
coached at international level with Croatia and also in Europe with Besiktas
as well as at Lokomotiv Moscow.
And his appointment should go down well with supporters, having become a
cult hero during a brief spell at Upton Park in the 1996/97 season. West Ham
are thought to have handed Bilic a three-year contract worth up to £3
million-a-year on the basis he agreed to a relegation clause. The clause
means the Croat can be sacked without receiving a penny in compensation if
West Ham are relegated from the Premier League.

Dowie says Bilic is a calculated risk
Filed: Tuesday, 9th June 2015
By: Staff Writer

A former team mate of Slaven Bilic's believes he will be a great success at
West Ham - if handed the post. Iain Dowie, who featured alongside the
Croatian defender for West Ham in the mid-to-late '90s believes Bilic will
bring the good times back to the Boleyn Ground - but believes the club are
taking a huge gamble by parting company with Sam Allardyce. "It's a very,
very big job, going into the new stadium - and a very difficult one to take
over given the job that Sam Allardyce did," he told SkySports. "There's no
doubt it's a calculated risk when you get rid of a new manager, especially
of the calibre of Sam Allardyce.

"Slaven's got a great deal of experience in and around dealing with big, big
players - particularly in the Croatian national side as you're dealing with
a lot of big personalities there. "He's very articulate and a very
well-educated man. He started off with Split, the Croatian Under 21s and
then Croatia before going on to Locomotiv Moscow and Besiktas. "For a period
he was really going well there. but it didn't end as he probably would have
liked. "I think he'll fit in comfortably [at West Ham] and the fans will
welcome him there, as they always do for one of their own. Slaven is a
player who put his heart and soul into the West Ham shirt so I think they'll
like that."

The identity of West Ham United's 15th full-time manager is expected to be
unveiled imminently.

Slaven Bilic named as new West Ham boss to replace Sam Allardyce
Former West Ham player Slaven Bilic named new manager at Upton Park
46-year-old has also managed Croatia, Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas
PUBLISHED: 11:28, 9 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:32, 9 June 2015
Daily MailOnline

Slaven Bilic has been named as the new manager of West Ham, replacing Sam
Allardyce who left Upton Park at the end of the season.
46-year-old Bilic, who played for the Hammers between 1996-97, has also
managed the Croatia national team, Lokomotiv Moscow and Turkish side
Besiktas - where he left last month.
He is set to take charge for the final season at Upton Park, before leading
West Ham into a new era at the Olympic Stadium from 2016.

Bilic made 48 appearances for the Hammers between 1996-97

Hajduk Split 1988-93 - 109 games (13 goals)
Primorac (loan) 1988 - 13 (1)
Sibenik (loan) 1988-89 - 33 (7)
Karlsruher SC 1993-96 - 54 (5)
West Ham 1996-97 1996-97 - 48 (2)
Everton 1997-00 - 28 (0)
Hajduk Split 2000-01 - 9 (0)

Bilic will go down well with supporters, having become a cult hero during a
brief spell at Upton Park. Allardyce left West Ham at the end of the season
when his contract was not renewed.
The likes of Rafael Benitez, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Unai Emery
were said to have been under consideration. But co-chairmen David Sullivan
and Gold announced Bilic as their man to take the club forward.

Daves: 'No compensation if we drop clause'
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on June 8, 2015 in News Agenda, Whispers

Slaven Bilic or Marcelo Bielsa will be forced to sign a clause that sees
whoever is appointed Hammers boss walk away with nothing if the club are
relegated from the Premier League.

According to The Telegraph this evening it is believed that the Irons are
offering a deal that involves no compensation should the team drop out of
the Premier League.

And although the newspaper claims that a near £3 million a year contract is
on offer, ClaretandHugh has been told that it is far less than that and well
behind Sam Allardyce's £2.9 million package annually.

David Sullivan and David Gold are clearly seeing their next appointment as
risky and are putting as many safety nets in place as possible but
ClaretandHugh was told close to midnight on Monday: "It will be settled in
the morning hopefully."

Neither of the last two standing have managed in the Premier League, and
relegation next season would be a disaster for West Ham, ahead of their move
into the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 campaign.

Bilic would be a popular appointment with the fans but the two Davids are
worried about his club management career whilst Bielsa is viewed as a
maverick with no command of the English language.

After a largely successful six-year spell as the national team manager of
Croatia, Bilic took charge of Lokomotiv Moscow but was sacked after just one
season following a ninth-place finish.However, there were financial problems
within the club which inhibited his progress.

He then spent two seasons in charge of Besiktas, but left the Turkish club
this summer after finishing third and missing out on qualification to the
Champions League.

The Telegraph says that should Bilic be offered the West Ham job, then he is
likely to want to bring Nikola Jurcevic with him. The pair have worked
together with Croatia, Lokomotiv and Besiktas.

West Ham are hoping to complete the signing of midfielder Pedro Obiang from
Sampdoria and are chasing a deal for winger Andre Ayew, who is out of
contract at Marseille this summer. Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan
Lovren could be a target of Bilic.



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