Former Arsenal and Tottenham manager George Graham told talkSPORT he feels there is still a question mark over the manager at West Ham, despite the appointment of Slaven Bilic.
Bilic would appear to be a very sensible appointment by the West Ham board, as they look to move forward under the guidance of an experienced ex-player, who has always been popular with the club’s fans.
However, Graham still feels it’s a risk because of the reliability that old boss Sam Allardyce represented in terms of the side staying in the Premier League.
“I think so (Bilic a gamble) – Whatever any one says, Sam was solid – Teams like West Ham must stay in the Premier League now,” he told talkSPORT.
“It’s a big move to get rid of Sam and get this new guy in and I think he’s got a lack of Premier League experience – Whether it will work out, there’s a question mark over that one for me.”
Why is Premier League survival and status so important?
It’s also a platform, which will allow the club’s support base to boom as the Hammers prepare for life in the Olympic Stadium at Stratford.
West Ham will be in a much better position to cash in on the increased capacity of the Olympic Stadium after the coming season, if they are a Premier League club.
It’s also a platform, which Bilic would argue helps West Ham’s players to improve their quality because it exposes them to a very high level of competition, which can’t be replicated outside of the top flight.