Bilic was recently quizzed on links with West Ham, with Goal reporting his confirmation that no contact had been made with the East London club.
There is still some uncertainty over whether Sam Allardyce is going to get a new contract with the Hammers, but Cottee feels Bilic is a good candidate if the powers that be around Upton Park decide to move on.
“I was a team mate of his back in the 90s and he's a great lad. What I liked about him was his British mentality when he arrived,” he said.
“He mucked in with the lads, he spoke fantastic English and he had a drink and a fag at the back of the bus with everybody else, as you did at the time.”
It can be difficult for foreign managers coming into the Premier League to coach, to adjust to the pace, pressure and expectation which the division demands.
However, Bilic’s past with the club gives him experience and he’ll understand the importance of the relationship between the club and the supporters, as West Ham look to press forward and develop over the next couple of seasons.
His past and language skills are also something that would help him get his messages across to the players and the boards in what would be an intense summer for the club.
Foreign coaches who don’t have the ability to speak English freely will always find it difficult to implement their ideas at an English club.
Some will feel that Allardyce still deserves a chance to improve the club ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium, but he needs a good end to the season to improve those chances.