Redknapp says Bilic might recruit Dicks and Hartson to West Ham staff

Harry Redknapp

The two ex Hammers were former teammates of the Croatian during his time at Upton Park.

Former West Ham player and manager Harry Redknapp has been discussing Slaven Bilic's appointment at the Boleyn Ground, telling the Evening Standard that he has high hopes for what the former Croatia and Besiktas manager can achieve at the club.

Redknapp himself brought Bilic to East London in 1996, and he said it might not just be the former defender who is returning to the Hammers in some capacity, stating that he had heard of a couple more ex players who could be helping the 46-year-old out in his first management job in English football.

"I've heard it said that he [Bilic] might bring back former players like John Hartson and Julian Dicks along with his own Croatian staff," Redknapp is quoted as telling the Standard.

"Its good to get former players back and around the place. I did it with Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand at Spurs.

"And I know one thing - with a bench featuring, Slaven, John Harton and Dicksy, there will only be one lot of winners if it comes to a bit of aggro."

The 68-year-old also said that he thought Bilic would benefit from inheriting what is a reasonably strong squad left over from Sam Allardyce.

“I really like Slaven. He’s really got something about him. He’s confident and he’s been on the big stage with Croatia – winning at Wembley in 2007," Redknapp said.

“It is a big job Slaven’s got now and Sam has left him a decent squad. When they had Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia going well last season, West Ham were flying."

Dicks and Hartson - who are they?

For the younger or less historically learned among the readers, the two players were involved in what was a positive slice of West Ham's history in the mid-late 90s, just as the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard came through under Redknapp's stewardship.

Julian Dicks is a Hammers legend, having played for the side for 10 years, split up by a short spell at Liverpool. The former left back is currently managing the Hammers' ladies side, but he is most famous for his no nonsense style of defending, his 1000-yard stare, and his superb spot kick rate at Upton Park.

Hartson had a much shorter spell at the club, joining from Arsenal for a few seasons in 1997, with the Welsh international scoring on his second appearance in a 4-3 win over Tottenham. The striker would go on to net 24 goals in 60 league appearances for the Hammers, and is perhaps best known for a six year spell at Celtic at the turn of the century.

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