The former coach of the Croatian national team, Slaven Bilic who this season has led Besiktas today became a new coach of the English Premier League club, West Ham United.

The 46-year-old talented Croat will become the 15th full-time manager in the Hammers’ 120-year history, states at the Club website. Bilic has signed a three-year contract and it’s interesting that he is returning to the Boleyn Ground where he played in his football career, making 54 appearances for the Hammers.

Ex-Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic has replaced Sam Allardyce at West Ham United.

For the official site of West Ham, Bilic said:

“I’m really glad to be back with West Ham United.”

“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.”

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