Ex-West Ham striker Demba Ba praises reported managerial target Slaven Bilic

Ba has backed Slaven Bilic to be a success if named West Ham manager.

Speaking to the Mirror, Demba Ba has backed Slaven Bilic to be a success at West Ham, if appointed as Sam Allardyce’s replacement this summer.

Ba, who scored seven goals in 13 games, said: “We have a young team and he helps a lot. He is a good guy. He would be a good choice. If he comes here I think and I hope he is going to be successful.

“He seems like he is rough and rude on the sidelines but he is actually very soft and calm with the players. He would be like a confidant. He is very open and someone you can talk to.”

Bilic is seen as one of the favourites to tae charge of the Hammers this summer, with the BBC confirming that he is set to leave Besiktas when his contract expires at the end of this season.

The former Hammers player is available for hire, and is said to be interested in a return to the Premier League. He has yet to manage in England, but has proven himself in various spells abroad - both at club and international level.

The West Ham management are keen on hiring a manager who moves the club forward, playing attacking, entertaining football with experience of coaching in Europe.

Bilic fulfils all these traits, having proven himself as a tactically adept coach who favours progressive football, with a wealth of experience in both the Champions League and Europa League.

There have still been no confirmations from the club that Bilic is on their managerial shortlist, but all the signs suggest he would be a great appointment, and Ba - who is well versed in the West Ham ethic - is sure he would be the perfect manager to be prowling the Boleyn Ground touchline this summer.

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