West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic talks about his Besiktas stadium woes

The Croatian never got to play a game at Besiktas' new stadium as it is still under construction a year overdue.

Slaven Bilic has already endeared himself to the West Ham faithful since his move to the club this summer from former club Besiktas.

The Croatian has made some shrewd signings, brought in some young talent and adopted a positive style of play that has seen them defeat Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City away from home this season – all reasons why he is preferred to his predecessor Sam Allardyce.

Bilic is of course coming to a team on the up. They are in a good location to attract big names, already have a few of their own and will soon move to the London Olympic Stadium.

There will be no doubt that the stadium move would have influenced Bilic’s decision to head to West Ham – especially as he has been burned by stadium plans before.

When he joined Besiktas the club had started work on revamping their old ground into the Vodafone Arena. The scheduled operation time for the build, which started in October 2013, was one year. Two years later and the stadium is still not complete and Besiktas continue to play at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

Talking to Turkish source Onedio about this, Bilic stated:

“At the end of the day, I said that I would be a champion with Besiktas. I was a bit more optimistic than I should be, I think, sometimes I need to be realistic.

“Besiktas officials said the stadium will be finished in a year when it comes to negotiations. But I'm not a child, I knew it wouldn’t happen. Who is able to finish stadium construction in one year? But I said I was not a child; I was an optimist, I think I would win no matter what.”

Luckily for him there should no such trouble at West Ham. Despite problems in the deal it seems as though West Ham are all set to make a move to the Olympic Stadium in 316 days’ time.

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