Paulo Wanchope discusses West Ham return, wants to know Bilic's secret

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Paulo Wanchope has returned to take in West Ham training.

Former West Ham striker Paulo Wanchope has told the club's official website that he has returned to the club to take in training under Slaven Bilic.

Wanchope, 39, joined West Ham in July 1999 having starred for Derby County, and the Costa Rican scored 12 goals in his solitary season at Upton Park before moving on to sign for Manchester City.

The former striker recently took charge of the Costa Rican national team, but left his role two months ago after a brawl with a steward after a match - and he's now looking to rebuild his reputation.

Wanchope has returned to England to take in some training sessions and meet his fellow Costa Ricans - such as Everton's Bryan Oviedo and Arsenal's Joel Campbell - and his tour of the country has included a return to West Ham United.

Wanchope has now spoken to the West Ham official website about his trip to watch the Hammers' training sessions, and has admitted that he has good memories of his time with the club under Harry Redknapp, and wants to know the secret to current manager Slaven Bilic's success.

"I’ve been here for two weeks," said Wanchope. "I came here to watch some training sessions at clubs and talk about football with a few people I know. Hopefully I will have the chance to come over to England to work. I took all my coaching badges here in England."

"I have fond memories of my time here. Harry Redknapp was the manager and his assistant was Frank Lampard. They were good days because there were some very good players here – Frank Lampard jnr., Rio Ferdinand, Paolo Di Canio, Trevor Sinclair – I really enjoyed it here."

"It is incredible what West Ham are doing in the Premier League. I'm here to look at their training sessions, what they are doing on a daily basis. I'm interested to know the secret of their success!" he added.

Bilic has enjoyed plenty of success away from home this season, with wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, and Wanchope is rightly looking for some tips and advice from an experienced manager like Bilic, as he looks to rebuild his managerial career.

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