The dust has long since settled on Slaven Bilic becoming the club’s manager for the new season, with the Hammers already under pressure ahead of their first Premier League game against Arsenal, because of their commitments in the Europa League.
“I do (think Bilic will be successful) but I was surprised that they let Big Sam go because I think he did everything the club asked of him - Bilic had a good CV, obviously he knows the club inside out and I don't think it's a bad appointment but I think it's a bit of a risky one,” he told talkSPORT.
Is Bilic really a risk?
The Europa League performances have been difficult because it’s a competition that Bilic seems a little unsure over how to approach.
However, that’s the only real negative to emerge since he took over as the club’s new manager.
The signings he’s brought into the club have all been forward thinking and exciting and he’s got time left in the transfer window to address other areas, such as bringing in some extra attacking support.
In terms of his style, it’s not going to be difficult for Bilic to oversee a better brand of football than what fans were treated to last season.
Allardyce really struggled to get the Hammers playing attractive and positive football over the second half of last season and Bilic has a real chance to transform the philosophy of the team.