Hartson has backed Bilic to do a good job with the Hammers this coming season and has suggested that he will get the crowd worked up and right behind the team, which is important for the success of any campaign.
However, the ex-Hammers has suggested that the real test for Bilic comes during difficult periods where the team isn’t playing so well, with Sam Allardyce really struggling to retain any popularity over the second half of last season.
“I played for about a year with Slaven and I think he’ll do okay. He was a good player and he read the game really well – Him getting sent off, he won’t be happy with that because it’s a bit of ill discipline – I think he’ll do well and galvanise the crowd but it all depends on results,” he told talkSPORT.
Premier League has to be the priority
Bilic may feel a little bit of pressure to make West Ham competitive on multiple fronts, but it’s important that his main focus is the Premier League.
Firstly, it’s important that Bilic gets the side into a position of mathematical safety as quickly as possible considering the imminent move to the Olympic Stadium.
Secondly, the Premier League is the best way into Europe for West Ham next season.
A top half of the table position, will give the Hammers a platform to really push for a European place over the second half of the season, which would make West Ham a more attractive club to any player they look to sign next summer.