Liverpool legend Ray Houghton told talkSPORT why he feels Slaven Bilic will be treated differently by West Ham fans if he’s confirmed as the manager of the East London club.
Bilic is one of the candidates to replace old manager Sam Allardyce and Houghton has suggested it would be a popular move with West Ham’s supporters.
“It looks like it’s going to be Slaven Bilic at the moment – As a former player coming in at West Ham he’ll get a bit more leeway from the fans and they’ll like what he did in Croatia and over in Turkey as well so he’ll be a good addition to the club,” said Houghton.
Although Bilic would be a popular option, he’s going to be under real pressure next season ahead of the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium.
The pressure which was placed on Sam Allardyce over the second half of last season showed him quickly opinions can change of a manager.
West Ham looked as though they would be competing for the top eight based on performances over the first half of the season, but frustrations mounted as the displays got more and more negative.
Bilic does have a different style to Allardyce and he needs to try and whip up some excitement to get even more fans on his side if he is confirmed in the position.
It will be interesting to see how he’s perceived if West Ham don’t register a win for a month and hopefully Houghton’s prediction that fans will lay off of the criticism initially will ring true.