Report: West Ham want 'club legend' to assist Slaven Bilic, five ex-players considered

West Ham are reportedly considering five former players to assist Slaven Bilic.

According to The Telegraph, West Ham United intend to appoint a 'club legend' to assist new manager Slaven Bilic at Upton Park.

The Hammers named Croatian Bilic as their new manager earlier this week, handing the 46-year-old a return to Upton Park - 18 years since leaving the club as a player.

Bilic comes back to East London as a replacement for former manager Sam Allardyce, and will be expected to push for a top ten finish in his debut season in the Premier League.

With midfielder Pedro Obiang already signed from Sampdoria, the attention is now turning towards assembling Bilic's backroom staff - and the West Ham hierarchy seem to have already concocted an idea of their own.

The Telegraph believe that West Ham want to appoint a club legend to assist Bilic, with five potential candidates already in the frame - all of whom played for the Hammers previously.

Julian Dicks, Don Hutchison, Tony Cottee, Dean Ashton and John Hartson are allegedly under consideration, with West Ham hoping to ease Bilic's transition to English football, even though he did spend some his playing career in the Premier League with West Ham and Everton.

Any appointment will depend on having the necessary coaching badges, and whilst Bilic will seemingly bring some of his own men in to help him, West Ham are keen to hand a return to a former player as a coach under Bilic.

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