Slaven Bilic news: James Collins wants to play guitar with him, Ricardo Vaz Te backs Croatian for success

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is praised by James Collins and Ricardo Vaz Te.

James Collins

West Ham United defender James Collins has written on the club’s official website that Slaven Bilic will be successful as the team’s manager.

Bilic has been appointed as the Hammers' new boss following the departure of Sam Allardyce at the end of the recently concluded 2014-15 campaign.

The 46-year-old former Croatia international defender has never managed in the Premier League, but he has been in charge of the likes of Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas in his career.

Bilic is a former West Ham player, and Collins expects him to be successful in his role as the first-team manager.

“It will be great having Slaven Bilic as our new manager,” the 31-year-old Wales international centre-back wrote on West Ham’s official website.

“He is on to a winner straight away because the West Ham fans loved him when he played here and you can tell by the way he played that he is a winner. All the lads are looking forward to it.

“A lot of my mates are West Ham fans and they loved him when he was a player. He wore his heart on his sleeve and was a committed defender.”

Collins has also revealed that he wants to play the guitar with his new manager.

“I would like to get my guitar out with Slaven,” stated the former Aston Villa star. “I am still not the best on it but I am practising every day and fingers crossed I will come in and give the boys a bit of a song!”

Ricardo Vaz Te

Former West Ham forward Ricardo Vaz Te has also backed Bilic to be a success at the Boleyn Ground.

The 28-year-old Portuguese is playing his club football in Turkey with Akhisar Belediyespor at the moment, having left the Hammers in January of this year.

“Besiktas finished third in the league and I am not sure what went on near the end in-house at the club, but he wasn’t far off landing the title with them,” Vaz Te told West Ham’s official website. “They also saw off Liverpool in the Europa League and that was a big result here, a big victory and achievement.

“He has experience of European football and that can only be a big positive thing. He likes to play good football, from what I could see and from what I heard, he is a very focused person and instils this in his players.”

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