Former Leeds United and Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock told talkSPORT he feels West Ham have gone for the easy option with Slaven Bilic as manager.
Warnock was pressed over whether he thought Bilic was the club’s first job for the position and Warnock has suggested that co-chairman David Gold and David Sullivan simply went for a popular figure with the club’s fans.
“I would imagine so (not first choice) – You know what the Davids are like, they’ll both have their opinions but the easiest solution is Bilic for the fans,” he said.
It’s important for any club to have a strong connection between their manager and the fans, because it improves the identity of the football club as a whole.
However, it’s important not to lose sight of what Bilic brings to the table as a coach for West Ham and as someone who can drive the team forward effectively over the next few seasons.
He has good experience in recent jobs with Croatia and Turkish side Besiktas, which means he’s suited to a certain level of pressure and expectation.
It also shows that he’s used to getting the most out of a specific group of players who are diverse in terms of what they offer as players and how they behave away from the pitch in normal life.
The delay over his appointment is most likely because West Ham’s owners wanted to make sure they got their man without any difficulties or complications from another team looking to poach him away.
They can’t be blamed for being careful and taking their time, but Bilic is a sensible appointment rather than an easy one because other options didn’t work out.