David Sullivan makes confident Bilic prediction, takes parting shot at Big Sam?

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

The West Ham co-owner has a positive outlook on his new manager.

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has made the confident prediction that Slaven Bilic will be with the club for 'a long time' - but may have taken a dig at former boss Sam Allardyce in the process, according to the club's official website.

Indeed, in welcoming Croat and former West Ham defender Bilic, Sullivan was delighted to be able to discuss a man who understands 'the West Ham way,' emphasising the importance of the club's style of play and players playing with 'passion.'

Now, if that isn't a parting shot at Big Sam, that's at the very least a reminder that the 60-year-old does not at all fit those requirements.

Allardyce has long been criticised by the Hammers faithful for the style and quality of football his sides produce, while the 'passion' quote is no doubt a reference to the dismal performances of the east London side in the second half of last season.

Sullivan said: "It is very good for the club and the supporters. We have taken a man who understands the West Ham Way. It is important how we play and that the players play with passion."

Meanwhile, the West Ham co-owner predicted that Bilic will most certainly last at Upton Park - and also believes he will bring in some West Ham 'legends' to assist him. 

Sullivan added: "I think he will bring a few of the West Ham legends to be part of his entourage and I think that is very good because it strengthens the bond with the supporters. He will take us into the Olympic Stadium and I think he will be here for a long time."

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