West Ham fans won’t get a chance to see what sort of football they can expect until pre-season kicks in, with the Europa League qualifiers the first competitive matches of the next campaign in early July.
However, Bilic has explained the sort of tactics that he likes to see from his teams as they go about their business in big games.
“It is easy to talk now but the philosophy is that we want to be solid but I want to have the ball and possession. I love the ball and have done with all the teams I have managed so far,” he said.
“I’ve now watched them more closely and there are a lot of things we can improve, many things were really good, and with the addition of a few players I am realistically very optimistic.”
It’s a simple aim but when West Ham have possession, their opponents can’t control the game and can’t pressure for a goal.
Fortunately for Bilic he has good players to use in the middle of his team who are well suited to protecting the ball.
He will also be able to use new signing Pedro Obiang in midfield, who has been brought up around the possession based culture in the sport over in Spain.
Obiang alongside someone like Mark Noble could give the Hammers a very good midfield partnership that most sides will find it difficult to get the better of.
Bilic will rightly plead for patience and he will get more leeway from fans at the start of next season, if they see a brand of football they can identify and agree with.