Cottee said: “For me, Slaven Bilic is the number one choice to become West Ham United’s new manager. When you look at his credentials, he has enjoyed success at both domestic and international level, was a fantastic player, is a top guy and also has a strong connection with the Club.
“I think it is important, if possible, for a manager to have a connection with a club, whether that be as a former player or coach, and Slaven was a very good player for West Ham.”
Bilic has been heavily linked with the vacant managerial seat at the Boleyn Ground, following the confirmation that Sam Allardyce would leave West Ham this summer when his contract expires.
Sky Sports have reported on the interest, claiming that the Croatian boss is set to leave his current role with Turkish giants Besiktas this summer.
The former defender, who played for the Hammers in the 1990’s, has proven himself as a manager at both club and international level, and being just 46-years-old, he has plenty of time to rebuild the club in his vision.
He has an incredible management pedigree, with a career-wide win percentage of 54.95%, having had just one job which saw him drop below 50% - a 31 game spell with Locomotive Moscow.
Many believe Bilic will be prowling the touchline at the Boleyn Ground next season, despite the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Mark Warburton and Marcelo Bielsa set to be available for hire.
Cottee is pleased that he has a link to the Hammers, and whilst not a defining factor into who is appointed the new manager, it will certainly increase faith in both the board and the coaching staff should a manager come in who has a clear understanding of the ‘West Ham way’.