Bilic made a forward thinking and positive decision when he drafted Dicks into his staff as he embarked on life as the boss at Upton Park and they have wasted no time in getting down to business, demanding that the players push themselves to improve.
“He's very passionate. You can see from the way he is on the sidelines: he wants us to win, he wants us to do our very best, he wants us to go out and for us to enjoy ourselves,” Reid told whufc.com.
“Julian Dicks has also been a great new addition, and the rest of the coaching staff are really, really great guys. They push us really hard, and certainly the boys are enjoying it, and we're learning from them.”
A forgotten era
Bilic and Dicks both played for West Ham during an era where there was more of an emphasis towards being aggressive and putting in a hard shift in terms of sheer hard work.
While they share a similar mentality in terms of wanting to get the best out of the players in training, it’s important that they also highlight their differences to keep the squad on their toes.
Players can be complacent if they are subjected to the same approach consistently, but Bilic has to be a little more personal than some of the staff around him because he is the club’s manager.
Enjoyment the key factor
Drilling players in terms of their fitness and really pushing them to produce their best is key but the most important thing is that they are enjoying life at West Ham.
Players are more likely to be productive if they want to come in for training and are enjoying all aspects of life at a club, as Reid hints is the current case with the Hammers.