West Ham United vice-chairwoman Karren Brady has told The Sun that Slaven Bilic convinced the club he was the right man to take over from Sam Allardyce.
Bilic, 46, was appointed West Ham manager earlier this week, replacing Allardyce having left Turkish side Besiktas last month.
The Croatian played for West Ham 17 years ago as a defender, and has now completed a return to Upton Park ahead of their final season before the move to the Olympic Stadium.
Expectations will be high for Bilic, but he clearly impressed co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan, as well as vice-chairwoman Brady.
Brady has discussed Bilic's arrival in her column with The Sun, admitting that the new manager is 'very knowledgeable', and has convinced the West Ham board that he is the right man for the job over the last week.
"The two chairmen worked night and day to whittle the shortlist down to our preferred candidates and in the final interviews last weekend, Slaven Bilic convinced us he was the man to take on that challenge," said Brady ."Although he is yet to manage in the Premier League, Slaven is very knowledgeable about it and watched hours and hours of West Ham games in preparation for his interview."
"He is also a realist and agreed that although our first priority is stability, with the right signings a top-ten finish and an extended run in one of the cup competitions is not unrealistic. Slaven was also clearly the people’s choice after leading most of the online supporter polls and their initial reaction to his appointment has generally been one of delight. The feeling, it seems, is mutual as Slaven clearly has a deep affection for what he called a “special” club," she continued.
Bilic has already overseen his first signing having landed Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang just a day after taking the job, with a deal to land the Spaniard seemingly in the pipeline even before Bilic arrived in East London.
Now though, Brady has lifted the lid on what is to come for the rest of the summer transfer window - revealing that there are plans to sign highly-rated youngsters, which will no doubt excite Hammers fans ahead of the new Premier League season.
"He has a clear vision for how he wants to improve the team and I know he and David Sullivan have already agreed to lodge bids for a number of Europe’s hottest prospects," added Brady.
Who should Bilic try to bring to West Ham this summer?