Ray Wilkins: 'My hope' with Slaven Bilic at West Ham

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Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins is hopeful of a positive future for West Ham United under Slaven Bilic.

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Ray Wilkins told talkSPORT that he hopes Slaven Bilic can get West Ham playing the sort of attractive football that his Besiktas side produced.

Bilic was recently confirmed as West Ham’s next manager, replacing former boss Sam Allardyce, and he’ll be under instant pressure to get the side playing football, which is easier on the eye of supporters.

“He’s done a good job wherever he’s been and in his last outing at Besiktas, he had them playing some very good football. It was very attractive and my hope is that he can bring that back to West Ham,” he said.

It will be a challenge for Bilic because he needs to get to know his West Ham squad very quickly.

West Ham’s season gets underway much sooner than the majority of the club’s rivals because of the club’s participation in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League.

The Hammers shouldn’t experience many problems in qualifying for the group stage, but it will be an early chance for the club’s supporters to see what sort of football they can expect.

Therefore, it’s important that Bilic is able to get across the message to his players and that they buy into his philosophy.

He’s made the right noises since he took the job, but it’s still going to be a major challenge and one which is made more difficult if there are any slip ups through pre-season.

If Bilic and the players are on the same wavelength, then it’s obvious what sort of feisty and dynamic sort of football we could all be treated to, but it’s going to be difficult for the boss to get the side playing perfect football straight away.

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