Redknapp has suggested that unlike former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, Bilic can already benefit from love for the club’s supporters, which could create more leeway for him over the opening few months of the season.
Bilic’s West Ham background is a factor in why he was appointed the next manager of the football club and it will be interesting to see how his relationship with the club’s fans develops.
“Sam did well last season but he wasn’t loved, Slaven is because he played there and I think he’ll have a really good chance to do well there,” he told talkSPORT.
A good start is important
A good start is important for Bilic because of the way the club ended last season.
West Ham were not great in terms of their style over the second half of the last campaign and there is a need for the team to show the fans that they have something to get excited about.
A good start will also help to take some of the pressure away from Bilic by justifying the decision to install him as boss in the first place.
The relationship will be tested
The relationship between Bilic and the fans will be fully tested if the club doesn’t get off to a good start and isn’t playing an attractive brand of football.
If the results are negative and the Hammers struggle, Bilic will have to fight in terms of motivating the squad while also defending the club’s decision to offer him his position.