Former West Ham manager Glenn Roeder suggests Slaven Bilic would be a good appointment

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Roeder believes that Bilic has proven himself in Turkey, and would be good for West Ham.

Speaking to talkSPORT, ex-Hammers manager Roeder expressed his belief that Bilic would be a good appointment for West Ham, having proven himself in the tough country that is Turkey.

Roeder said: “He’s as good a fit as anyone else. It’s always a gamble getting a new manager, you can only judge them on their past records. Slaven has done well with Croatia and at every club he’s managed. Turkish football is a very difficult place to manage and he’s come through that with Besiktas. He seems a tough guy.”

Bilic is seen as one of the favourites to be named Hammers manager for next season, and quotes from Turkish Football have outlined his expectancy to be leaving Besiktas when his contract expires this summer.

The former defender is a hero at the Boleyn Ground, and he has proven in various managerial spells that he has a real talent at moulding a group of players into a successful team.

The 46-year-old has a career win percentage of 54.95%, and has only ever dropped below 50% in one spell with Locomotive Moscow, where he remained for just 31 games.

He has proven himself in both domestic competitions and in Europe, and although he has never managed in the Premier League, he has experience of English football from his playing days.

West Ham are keen to hire a manager who can be progressive and move the club forward, with ambitions to become European regulars, with their Europa League adventures starting next season due to Fair Play qualification.

If Bilic is available, he is certainly the type of manager who will inspire the Hammers to great things, and he will have added backing from the fans due to his former exploits in East London.

It just remains to be seen whether the Hammers management will move for the Croatian manager this summer, or if they will stick to a more tried and tested formula by appointing a veteran of the Premier League.

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