Newly-appointed Slaven Bilic reveals the reason why he became West Ham manager

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Slaven Bilic is West Ham's new manager - and he loves the club's ambition.

West Ham United have confirmed the appointment of Slaven Bilic as their new manager on the club's official website - and the Croatian is excited by the club's ambition.

Bilic, 46, returns to Upton Park as the club's manager on a three-year contract having left Turkish side Besiktas last month.

The Croatian spent time at West Ham as a player during the 1990's, and now makes a comeback to the club where he established himself as something of a cult hero.

However, it wasn't just the chance to return to East London that attracted Bilic back to West Ham. The former Lokomotiv Moscow boss has told the club's official website that he was drawn in by the club's ambition as they gear up to make the move to the Olympic Stadium next summer.

"My first priority when choosing a club is to look at its ambitions," said Bilic. "When I spoke to the Chairmen and Karren Brady, they made clear that it is not only the fantastic new Stadium we are moving into, but they showed their determination and ambition to make what is a big club even bigger."

"I saw their determination and passion that they want to do that. That was the number one reason. I could feel that they really wanted me so it was an easy choice. I would say to the West Ham fans that I will give my best and together we will achieve great things," he added.

Bilic arrives after a disappointing campaign from predecessor Sam Allardyce, and he will now be expected to fare much better than a 12th placed finish.

West Ham are ready for European football, and they now see Bilic - who saw off Liverpool and Tottenham in this past season's Europa League - as the man to deliver it. It seems that both club and manager have the same ambition, and fans will be delighted to see that after a dismal 2015 under Allardyce.

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