David Sullivan: This is how Slaven Bilic wowed us at his interview

Upton Park

The new West Ham boss was well prepared for his big audition...

David Sullivan has revealed Slaven Bilic was already familiar with West Ham United's players and knew exactly where he wanted to strengthen the side before his interview to become the east London outfit's manager, according to the club's official website.

The Croat, who used to play as a defender at Upton Park, was announced as the Hammers' new head coach on Tuesday afternoon, meaning he will succeed Sam Allardyce and look to build on West Ham's reputation as an established Premier League side.

Several names were thrown up by reports as West Ham chased their new manager but Bilic was always the bookmakers' favourite.

And the 46-year-old wowed his potential employers at the interview stage, according to co-owner Sullivan, who says Bilic had already formed his transfer plans in his head before being offered the job.

Sullivan said: "Slaven is a very commanding individual and has watched a lot of English football. He knew our players and came very well prepared for the interview. He knew the players he liked and the positions he wants to strengthen.

"We know it's a three-year project and said we would love to be in the top eight this season and do well in a cup competition."

A very intriguing season indeed lies ahead for the Hammers. European football could throw up memories that will last forever - but it will no doubt affect the east London side's Premier League campaign at the same time.

And Bilic will no doubt be keen to finish as high as possible managing in his first season in the English top flight...

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