Speaking to the Standard, recently appointed West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has admitted that he has calmed down on the touchline, having built a reputation as a rather passionate boss.
He said: “Recently, I have calmed down on the touchline. I am emotional and I will never be completely calm like some of the coaches, but I am really good now.”
The Croatian boss was known as a passionate player, and he has brought that to his management career.
He was sent off whilst in charge of Besiktas, during a tie with fierce rivals Galatasaray, as well as in a Champions League tie against Arsenal, when he was forced to watch the second leg from the touchline.
But now he has promised to calm down when patrolling the touchline at the Boleyn Ground, although he is still sure to be more eccentric than most Premier League bosses.
It is this passion and commitment to his job that West Ham fans will love, and which should endear him to the Hammers support in the opening weeks of his career.
If he can get his players showing the same kind of passion as he does, it will be the first step on the path back to playing the famous ‘West Ham Way’, and will be a vital component to any future success enjoyed by the club.
Whilst Bilic is fairly inexperienced as a manager, his best traits are his passion and commitment, and they are two abilities which should make him a great appointment as West Ham head coach.