Ashton: This will make 'a big difference' for Bilic at West Ham

Ex-West Ham striker Dean Ashton feels Slaven Bilic already has an advantage in his new role.

Former West Ham United striker Dean Ashton told talkSPORT what he feels is the big difference for Slaven Bilic compared to old Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

The Hammers have confirmed Bilic as their new manager and he’ll be tasked with playing some entertaining football over the course of the next year before the move to the Olympic Stadium.

There is a bit of pressure on him given that the perception with Allardyce is that his general style of play was fairly poor, but Ashton feels he’s the right man for the job.

“Having the fans on side will make a big difference and Slaven Bilic will obviously get that because of his status; knowing the club, knowing what the fans demand – People seem to forget what a good job he did there (with Croatia) and the style of football they played,” he said.

That exposure at international level is going to be very important for Bilic because it’s exposed him to a level of pressure and scrutiny, which is generally higher than with domestic club football.

The media attention and the negativity which comes his way when the Hammers don’t get the results they’re looking for, are things he will be used to.

However, if West Ham can get off to a good start in the Premier League and can start winning games frequently, with a good style, his popularity and status at the club looks set to go through the roof.

The main benefit of his past association with the Hammers is that he’ll get a little bit more leeway from fans, who won’t be on his case as quickly as maybe with another coach.

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