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Davenport 6:24 Sun May 24
OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
From whufc.com.....


Hammers appoint Bilic



Slaven Bilic becomes West Ham United's 15th full-time manager


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.”



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 2001.

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.


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Northern Sold 11:38 Thu Nov 24
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
Payet in the 2nd half was hardly pulling up tree's... I hardly noticed him out there apart from when he was on set pieces... the principle with a few mins to go of subbing him for a more defensive solid midfielder was probably the correct thing to do... it's just that the defensive solid midfielder let him, the manager and the fans down with a moment of absolute cuntiness...

Private Dancer 9:47 Thu Nov 24
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riosleftsock 9:38 Thu Nov 24

Probably 95% of West Ham fans are behind Bilic, so no need to make yourself out to be a special case, and spacing out your sentences makes no difference either. You hero.

riosleftsock 9:38 Thu Nov 24
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I'm 100% behind Bilic, best manager we have had for fucking ages.

He makes mistakes, the players make more and worse ones.

He's our psycopathic gypsy doctor.

I'm in.

He'll turn it round.

Private Dancer 8:58 Thu Nov 24
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''Payet had played two matches in a week and needed to be rested''


WTF?? Rarely read such nonsense. The old can't play 2 games in a week BS. He was zipping around all over the place and could have EASILY seen the game out. When you are 1-2 up at Tottenham with little time left you find that extra gear.

I think what Bilic did is going to leave a stigma and will be talked about for sometime to come, particuarly if we stay where we are.

theaxeman 8:43 Thu Nov 24
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I will be very disappointed if they sack bilic but the fact is we're in a relegation fight and not picking up results. Personally i would stay with him and give him the tools to do the job which he didn't get in the summer.

stomper 3:20 Thu Nov 24
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TAKING THE PLAYERS OFF WAS THE RIGHT MOVE. Sakho was returning from injury and should not have played 90 minutes
Payet had played two matches in a week and needed to be rested.

Replacing them with Zaza and the Viking was definitely a mistake

bowboy 6:41 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
The fact is that all the other teams strengthened their first team. We just tried to strengthen the squad and youth sections.

w4hammer 6:31 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
i anyone perfect? Is any manager perfect?

Look yourself in the mirror and admit the last time you made a bad call or took a bad choice?

His logic of going more defensive would have been supported by most managers and 100% here if the players hadnt capitulated.

Maybe his choice of players was wrong, but its easy to be wise after the fact.

Im 100% behind him until the end of the season at the earliest and we should all be too....

kylay 6:22 Wed Nov 23
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Vexed 11:14 Wed Nov 23

The argument for Bilic staying is that he has the third highest win percentage of any west ham manager.

Private Dancer 4:26 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
Yep, Bilic unfortunately made an absolute mug of himself Saturday. I reckon he's got a bit of winning back to do now. Not even a pub mananger would have made those subs.

stomper 3:51 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
NO NO NO

I'll have managerial stability in a time of turmoil please.

Oh and 13 colostomy bags for the knicker wetters please.

Thank You

Dont bother with the anasthetic

Buster 3:45 Wed Nov 23
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That Zaza incident still makes me fucking angry.

Far Cough 3:43 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
True Geordie is spot on

1964 3:36 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
The True Geordie - fair comment

from 3.25 to 6.11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLz1VGFj8dM

franksfat&slow&wank 2:45 Wed Nov 23
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franksfat&slow&wank 11:54 Sun Oct 18
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager



Bilic has a better squad than Sam had last season
I'd want and expect better than last season


HE CLEARLY TALKS SENSE

the question is does Bilic have a better squad now than last season

wd40 2:10 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
Something about that

Dagenham Motors shirt that is makes the hairs on my neck raise up .

simon.s 11:58 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
I don't think we'll see another Grant scenario. They won't sit this one out if things don't change. You can blame the hotpoint for that one too.

Northern Sold 11:54 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
What Dancer said... and I NEVER agree with him...

Trevor B 11:51 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
He's got 8 games until January arrives, and whilst there are some tough fixtures the board will obviously be looking for a certain amount of points from those games, if he doesn't get them, or near enough, then they will have to make a change.

ludo21 11:46 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
I agree with PD, Slav should be given (a lot) more time.... the board has shown in the past that they are not quick with the trigger finger but I fear that the deluded fuckers now think that we are a 'big' club and wil think it's only right to join the sack 'em quick group of clubs.... shame if it happens but I'm rapidly losing interest in the whole shambles so for me this would probably be the final nail...

Private Dancer 11:26 Wed Nov 23
Re: OFFICIAL Slaven Bilic is the new WHUFC manager
Thankfully our board won't be as fucking stupid as some on here. I honestly think that getting rid of Bilic now would be a big mistake. With the mess behind the scenes now a managerial change is the last thing we want to burden ourselves with, I don't believe that anyone really wants him out now anyway, cunts are just playing up.

Besides, Bilic has bought himself time with last seasons efforts, and what with the stadium change not helping too.

Next season will be the time to judge Bilic once we have 'settled in' and a chance to sort out last summers transfer business.

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