The dust has long since settled on the club’s decision to bring in Bilic as a replacement for Big Sam, with the current manager facing a very important season in terms of transforming the style of the side and guiding them to a higher league finish.
However, Bilic feels that any progress this season is partly down to Allardyce for creating a solid foundation for him to work around.
“I would like to thank the ex-manager Sam. He left me a really good team and good atmosphere and he didn't leave me a mess. It is solid and it is a great, great base for me to try and improve,” he’s quoted by the Daily Mail.
Automatic advantage created
The foundations Allardyce left behind created an automatic advantage for Bilic in the respect that he hasn’t needed to fundamentally change things at the club.
It’s been more a case of tweaking by working with the players who are already in place, while improving his squad options with some fresh signings.
If all areas of the club were in tatters when Bilic took over, he would have needed to work doubly hard and take time away from areas such as transfers and working with the players on the training field.
However, things are slowly moving in the right direction and it will be interesting to see how Bilic handles the challenge of coping with the Europa League, which wasn’t an issue that Big Sam had to deal with last time round.