West Ham took the big decision to name Bilic as the man who would come in to replace former manager Sam Allardyce at Upton Park, as the Hammers look to stay in Europe for their first season at the Olympic Stadium.
“Slaven certainly has the passion and will to win and I hope this is going to be a very exciting season for the Club,” he said.
“The process of trying to strengthen the squad continues on a daily basis. We must be patient and I know fans will want us to get in players quickly, but these things take time.”
West Ham are a big club and the board were always going to need to find someone with the character and ability to take the club forward.
The club’s exposure and profile means that their manager will always be in the firing line for criticism and Bilic arguably has the steel to be able to deal with it.
He’s already overseen one transfer deal with the arrival of midfielder Pedro Obiang and will likely be working away on other transfers as he looks to improve the squad.
It’s a difficult situation for Bilic because West Ham’s season starts earlier than the majority of their rivals because of the club’s involvement in the Europa League qualifying round.
It would be a major surprise if the Hammers can’t get through that stage of the competition, given the ample quality they have all over the squad.
That will be a good early chance to see the passion and will in Bilic, which Gold talks about.