Julian Dicks describes West Ham as 'my club' after coaching appointment

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The former defender is set to take his place as part of Slaven Bilic's back room staff.

West Ham legend Julian Dicks was understandably delighted to be appointed first-team coach as part of Slaven Bilic's new setup, and he had several expressions that will have warmed the heart of Hammers supporters as he discussed his new role with the club website

“To be joining the first-team coaching staff at my Club is fantastic news for me,” Dicks told the Hammers website. “I was with the Ladies last year and I thoroughly enjoyed that, but to get the opportunity to work with Slaven, his coaching staff and the first-team players is a dream come true.

“This is a Premier League club with some very good players already in the squad and some more very good players set to come in this summer. It is exciting times for me and exciting times for West Ham."

The Hammers hero admitted that he met up with the club's new manager upon his return to East London to take up the Boleyn Ground job, and he said that, such is their friendship, you couldn't have guessed it had been nearly 18 years since they played together.

“I met up with Slaven last week and, although we had not met in person for a few years, it was like we had never been apart," the former fullback added. "We had a hug and a kiss and sat down and talked all about West Ham and all about football.

“We had a great relationship when we played together in the same team here and I am sure we will work well together again as manager and coach.”

Why Dicks is the perfect appointment for West Ham

The former left back is one of the club's most famous former players, certainly from the modern era. Dicks played 326 games across two separate spells at the club, scoring an astonishing 65 goals from defence.

The way he talks about West Ham, and his former teammates, is in line with the way supporters think of the side, and that is something no one can establish overnight, despite how good a manager or coach someone is.

People that have been at a club as a player and then return as a coach, such as Bilic, Dicks, and whoever else may come in, already have an insight into the identity of that club, and help provide visible links between several levels of a football team.

Young players in the academy will be trained by those that starred for the club 10 or 15 years earlier, which also helps fans feel closer to all involved at the football club. First team players are likely to have idolised those coaching them, and will also see a possible career path once their playing days have finished.

Such things contribute to a consistency that, as long as people welcomed onto the staff at a club have something to offer, can only strengthen things, both as a football club and as a business.

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