Speaking to the official West Ham website, first-team coach Edin Terzic has revealed the nickname he would give to Slaven Bilic, in the wake of Jurgen Klopp calling himself ‘The Normal One’ following his appointment at Liverpool head coach.
Terzic said: “If you are searching for one word to describe Slaven, he is the ‘The Ambitious One!’.”
As quoted by the Guardian, Klopp called himself ‘The Normal One’ in his press conference following his appointment as Liverpool head coach.
He was making a joking reference to Jose Mourinho’s famed ‘Special One’ speech, which greeted his arrival in English football in 2004.
For Terzic, who worked under the new Reds boss at Borussia Dortmund - wining back-to-back league titles and reaching the Champions League final in 2013 - Bilic is different to both Mourinho and Klopp, as ‘The Ambitious One’.
Bilic has certainly shown himself to be an ambitious coach, leading his new-look West Ham team into the top six of the table after eight games, and winning three consecutive away games at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City - an exceptional feat.
This looks to be the season when the Hammers can compete for European football, and with all the disruption with a number of Premier League giants, some believe the East London side could be black horses for the final Champions League qualification spot.
Bilic's style of play certainly lends itself to how Klopp also sets up his sides to play, and although Terzic is sure to see similarities with their on-pitch set-ups, he believes that Bilic and Klopp deserve different nicknames - with the current West Ham boss hoping to fulfil the title of ‘The Ambitious One’.