Winston Reid comments on Slaven Bilic’s appointment, claims West Ham ‘needed’ manager change

Winston Reid believes West Ham needed to change manager.

Speaking to the official Hammers website, central defender Reid commented on Slaven Bilic’s appointment, claiming that the club ‘needed’ a change in manager.

The New Zealand international said: “Everyone is looking forward to working under the new manager. He has managed at the top level for several clubs. I have met him briefly and he seems a really nice person.

“The Club needed to do this at this point of time and the Chairman have made that decision to bring someone else in. We are looking forward to having a fresh start.”

Bilic arrived at the Boleyn Ground as replacement for Sam Allardyce, who saw his contract expire at the end of the 2014/15 season.

The East London club decided not to renew his deal, and with ambitions of pushing for the top end of the Premier League table, as well as Europa League, hiring a manager suitable was required.

Bilic has managed in Europe earlier in his career, and holds an impressive win ratio of 55.75% across his entire career. He is a solid appointment, if still slightly unproven due to having never managed in a top European league.

Reid certainly believes the playing squad are excited to start working under him, with players arriving for pre-season this ongoing week.

Should Bilic bring the same form and style to the Hammers as he has shown during the other management spells of his career, West Ham may have just made the most important coaching appointment of their history.

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