Slaven Bilic is a perfect fit for West Ham, says Newcastle boss Steve McClaren

The two managers are set for a reunion when their sides meet on Monday night.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has sung the praises of West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic and has suggested that the Hammers have got the perfect man for the job, in quotes published by the Chronicle.

Bilic famously got the better of McClaren when the two men were in charge of Croatia and England respectively, and brought about the infamous ‘Wally with a brolly’ moniker.

The Newcastle boss has no hard feelings, however, and spoke warmly when asked about the Croatia in his pre-match press conference on Friday..

“It seems a lifetime ago (the defeat at Wembley). We (myself and Bilic) have met since and he’s a fantastic character, a fantastic man,” McClaren is quoted as saying by the Chronicle.

“He’s a typical Croatian, very passionate, and that’s the thing - they had a very good team then and deserved to go on.

“He did very well, he’s done very well since. He’s a good man, a good coach, a good manager and I think a perfect fit for West Ham."

“But as I say, I have met him (since). He’s a perfect gentleman and the passion that he shows for his teams, his football - he’s taken that to West Ham and is making them a very good team,” he added.

McClaren pits his Newcastle side against Bilic’s West Ham on Monday night in what will be a tough test for both sides.

The Hammers have had tumultuous start to the season, contrasting the highs of victories against Arsenal and Liverpool with the lows of home defeats to Leicester City and Bournemouth.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are still to pick up their first win but managed to grab an impressive point at Old Trafford and will be looking to push on after some spirited displays.

Both teams have had their disciplinary issues - with the Magpies picking up 11 yellows and two red cards and West Ham receiving six yellows and three red cards in their first four games – setting the stage for an explosive encounter.

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