TalkSPORT’s South American football expert Tim Vickery suggested West Ham have dodged a bullet when he was quizzed over one of the alternatives to Slaven Bilic for the Upton Park role; Marcelo Bielsa.
Bilic was confirmed as West Ham’s new manager yesterday, but Bielsa was one of the alternatives throughout the process, as West Ham looked for a man to come in and replace Sam Allardyce.
Bielsa does have an impressive CV having managed Argentina and Chile in his career, but Vickery suggested that he was a bit of a control freak, which could have created friction between himself and West Ham’s owners.
“He reads everything and tries to understand everything to do with football, although you do doubt his sanity at times – He really is an absolute obsessive,” he said.
What the Hammers need as they look to progress before the move to the Olympic Stadium at Stratford is a settled and forward looking team.
They need to play good football and they need to look unified in all areas of the club, because it’s important the club can increase their support base by the time they switch stadiums.
Bielsa would have had the team playing an entertaining brand of football, but Vickery seems to suggest that he has a flamboyant nature about him as manager, which is where an issue could have come up with the club’s joint-chairmen.
In Bilic, West Ham know they have someone who communicates well and knows the football club having played for them before he hung up his boots.
The debate over whether the Hammers have gone with the right man will likely roll on for the rest of the week, but Bilic is a common sense appointment and stands a very good chance of guiding the club to their aims without causing any issues along the way.