Ian Pearce: Bilic has helped himself with Dicks appointment

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Former West Ham United defender Ian Pearce has suggested that Slaven Bilic has helped himself by appointing Julian Dicks as a coach.

Former West Ham United defender Ian Pearce told talkSPORT show Sports Bar that he feels Slaven Bilic has made a clever decision by bringing in Julian Dicks.

Dicks has been welcomed at Upton Park as a first team coach and Pearce has suggested the decision on the part of Bilic will give him a little bit of extra leeway with fans, because of how popular a figure the ex-defender is.

“I really hope so – I think he’s got a real passion – He’s very intellectual and obviously very tactically astute and he’s been very clever by getting Dicksy in because he’s West Ham through and through, the fans will see that and the fans will like that and that will give him a bit of extra time,” he told talkSPORT.

Bilic’s thinking over Dicks

Dicks is someone, as Pearce suggests, who knows the very fabric of the football club.

He’s someone who knows what it means to represent West Ham and he’s someone who knows the importance of a positive relationship with the club’s fans.

He can relay that importance to all players in the West Ham squad, ensuring that they don’t let their standards slip regardless of any match or situation.

What can he offer as a coach?

Despite the fact that he’s an ex-West Ham player, Dicks also has experience as a defender to bring to the table.

Dicks played for the Hammers during the late 80s and early 90s, when the game was arguably much more physical.

He can help players adapt to that side of the game, as well as providing some fresh insight into the current back four and how they can develop over the course of the next ten months.

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